Couple find love in a cold climate
Published 02/04/2010 | 05:00
IT WAS all about love in a cold climate. Cormac Quinn was already deep in snow when he dropped to one knee halfway up Donegal's highest mountain to pop the question to his girlfriend of eight years, Joanne Dowling.
A sudden snowstorm had halted their ascent up the 2,467ft Errigal peak but there was no stopping Cormac, who felt it would be the perfect setting for the proposal.
The 29-year-olds met when they were students and they have been together ever since. Cormac is from Skerries and his fiancee is from Knocklyon.
"I have been waiting for the right opportunity for a while now and just thought Errigal in the snow would be the perfect setting. I used my mother's old engagement ring. She passed away in 2006 but the memories are still very strong," said Cormac.
Joanne said she didn't know what was happening when Cormac got down on one knee.
"We decided to go back down because of the snow storm. We just turned back when Cormac got down on his knee and took out a little box. He said some very romantic things to me and then asked me to marry him. I said 'yes, of course'. I was in complete shock but I was over the moon.
"When we got to the bottom, there was a man standing there and I just had to tell him that we got engaged."
That man standing at the bottom of Errigal was our very own award-winning photographer, Declan Doherty.
It was by sheer coincidence that he was on hand to capture the couple's happy moment.