Wedding bells set to chime for well-known Limerick couples

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Across the water in the Big Apple, RTE presenter Emma O’Driscoll said ‘I do’ to selector with the Ardscoil Ris Harty Cup team, Liam Cronin from Cappamore.

Across the water in the Big Apple, RTE presenter Emma O’Driscoll said ‘I do’ to selector with the Ardscoil Ris Harty Cup team, Liam Cronin from Cappamore.

At the foot of the Ballyhouras meanwhile, Labour candidate in the General Election, James Heffernan got down on one knee at midnight on Saturday to ask Wexford woman Ciara Gahan for her hand in marriage.

“I proposed on the night of the count, on the street in Kilfinane. It was something I had thought about alright and I suppose I could have done with a bit of cheering up that night,” said school teacher James, who secured an impressive 7,910 first preferences in the Limerick constituency but lost out a Dail seat.

James and Ciara – who is a first cousin of Irish international footballer Kevin Doyle- first clapped eyes on each other in the Connemara Gaeltacht when they were both doing their training to become primary school teachers.

They didn’t start going out together however, until they returned to the Gaeltacht two and half years ago – this time in Kerry. They waited until after they had purchased the engagement ring in Limerick to reveal their good news and the first person they told was James’s mother Kitty.

“Ciara said that she had a thorn in her finger and asked her was she any good at taking them out,” he joked.

“She had the ring on at that stage,” he added.

While there is much talk that James - who is a county councillor - is going for the Senate, he says he hasn’t decided yet. And he revealed that a summer wedding could be on the cards -that’s summer, according to the 31-year-old.

Meanwhile, popular Limerick presenter Emma O’Driscoll is still on cloud nine after her boyfriend of six-years, Liam Cronin popped the question in Times Square, New York last week.

The break away was a Christmas present for the ‘Hubble’ presenter, but little did she know that the bright lights of the Big Apple were going to bring such delight. “It still hasn’t sunk in,” said the Limerick city native. “ I wasn’t expecting it at all. It’s an unbelievable experience.” Despite being in one of the busiest cities in the world, Emma, 28, excitedly described the special moment as like being in a “bubble.”

“It was in the middle of Time Square, late in the night. We were standing there taking it all in and next thing he handed me this gorgeous card and asked me to marry him. It’s one of the busiest places in the world but it felt like we were in our own little bubble. Fair play to him, he pulled it off.”

Liam, a school teacher from Cappamore, was on the sideline at the Gaelic Grounds last Sunday to watch his side, Ardscoil Ris, overcome Charleville CBS in the Harty Cup final, Of course the next question on everyone’s lips is when’s the other big day? “Everyone’s asking me do we have a date, but to be honest I’m barely coping with what’s on my hand right now,” said Emma.