Saturday 3 December 2016

Exclusive: 'I cried my eyes out' - RTE star Kathryn Thomas gets engaged

Published 03/11/2016 | 02:30

Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Kathryn Thomas and fiancé Padraig McLoughlin in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge with dogs Poppy and Peter Photo: Marc O’Sullivan

Broadcaster Kathryn Thomas "bawled her eyes out" when her other half Padraig McLoughlin asked her to be his wife.

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Restaurateur Padraig popped the question on Saturday night while the couple were staying at the luxurious Ballyfin House in Laois.

But the proposal didn't take place over a romantic candlelit dinner.

Instead Padraig got down on one knee while Kathryn was wearing a dressing gown and tucking into a pack of salted peanuts.

Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan

"We were back in the room. I was there with the hair scrapped back, in a dressing gown and white slippers eating a pack of peanuts is when it happened," Kathryn said laughing.

The couple have been dating since the summer of 2013 and had discussed the possibility of marriage.

"We had talked about it on and off for the last six months," Kathryn said.

In fact, Kathryn had given Padraig a few helpful hints as to what sort of engagement ring she was after.

Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan

"I might have dropped a few Pinterest pictures," she said. "Just a few."

Despite this, she was overwhelmed when Padraig proposed.

"I thought he was going to propose at Christmas last year so I shouldn't have been surprised but I don't think you're ever ready for someone to ask you that.

"I bawled, I cried my eyes out," she said. "I didn't think it was going to feel this special, but it is wonderful."

Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan
Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin pictured in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan

With the help of expert jeweller Paul Sheeran, Padraig selected a classic princess cut diamond engagement ring.

"I absolutely love it," she said. "It is just perfect."

The couple have been celebrating the good news with their nearest and dearest.

"It has been mental trying to tell everybody," she said.

"And it's been champagne and drinks but it's so nice to celebrate something like this with all your friends and family."

The pair both have very hectic schedules - Kathryn is one of RTÉ's busiest broadcasters while Padraig is the tour de force behind popular eatery Catch-22 on South Anne Street. As a result, they will tie the knot in 2018 at the earliest.

"There is lots going on work wise," Kathryn said.

"I am saying 2018 to take the pressure off."

The couple met in the summer of 2013 when Kathryn was ordering a pint of Guinness in O'Donoghue's Pub on Baggot Street.

"We just kind of met standing at the bar ordering a pint, and then it went from there," she said.

Irish Independent

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