All loved up: Having united and re-united many of Ireland's most romantic couples, social diarist Barry Egan has turned the alchemy on himself.
On St Valentine's Day, he asked Aoife Mac Giolla Ri, whom he met and fell in love with two years ago, to marry him. Happily she said yes. Aoife is a teacher and hails from Monkstown, Co Dublin. No date has been set yet, but unlike many of Barry's diary subjects, the couple will be wasting no time. In short, they are preparing for an autumn wedding. "She has made me the happiest man in the world," Barry said simply. And beyond that, for once he was lost for words. Photo: Gerry Mooney