Colin Farrell's dad Eamon set to get married again at the age of 73
Published 24/12/2015 | 10:15
Actor Colin Farrell's father Eamon is set to tie the knot again after popping the question to his partner, Eileen Pollard.
The 73-year-old former Shamrock Rovers player has been going out with Eileen, who hails from Glasnevin, for more than two years now.
The happy couple will now begin planning their ceremony, which will be held next summer.
"We met through mutual friends and have always got on well together, but I never would have thought I'd see the day when I would consider being married again. It's wonderful," Mr Farrell told the Herald.
"Eileen used to go on weekends away with pals and I would be away with my friends, but we used to miss each other, it was terrible being apart. So after one of those weekends I asked Eileen if she would marry me," he said.
"We had spoken about it before, but it's a different thing talking about it and doing it.
"Both my knees are wrecked from the football, so I couldn't go down on bended knee," he added with a laugh.
"Eileen will put the ring on on Christmas morning. I only asked her on Monday, so hardly anyone even knows yet.
"We have the blessings of all our families too, which is important," he added.
Eileen, who is in her 60s, is widowed and has a grown up family and grandchildren.
"We don't know where we will have the ceremony yet, but we hope to get married next June or July," Eamon added.
Hollywood star Colin is very close to his family. He wrote a moving poem to his father for a special charity book called Sons and Fathers, in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation.
His movie The Lobster has been selected to screen at the Spotlight section at the Sundance Film Festival.