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Saturday 10 December 2016

A special Valentine's occasion

Jane O'Faherty

Published 10/02/2016 | 02:30

Deirdre Eighan and Sean Whelan marked their engagement with a blessing at the saint’s shrine in Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin. Pic John Mc Elroy
Deirdre Eighan and Sean Whelan marked their engagement with a blessing at the saint’s shrine in Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin. Pic John Mc Elroy

Valentine's Day might have some extra significance for Deirdre Eighan and Sean Whelan, who marked their engagement with a blessing at the saint's shrine in Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin.

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Bishop Denis Nulty blessed the couple, who met at secondary school, in a special ceremony ahead of the saint's day on February 14.

They are set to marry in May 2017, after Sean popped the question at Christmas while they were on their way to a concert.

"We just took a detour up the Grafton Street, Stephen's Green area. He got the weak knee I suppose," laughed Deirdre, as Sean quipped: "I lost my senses."

But Sean's proposal was more considered than that - he already had the engagement ring. "I knew what she liked so I went and got it made a couple of months prior, so it was ready to go. I knew what I had to get. I was told."

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