Saturday 1 October 2016

Former Dubs star Michael McCarthy pops the question to Irish model Holly Keating

Published 22/08/2016 | 10:10

Model Holly Keating and fiancé Michael McCarthy. Picture: Instagram
Model Holly Keating and fiancé Michael McCarthy. Picture: Instagram
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Holly Keating and Michael McCarthy
Model Holly Keating and fiancé Michael McCarthy. Picture: Instagram
Model Holly Keating and fiancé Michael McCarthy. Picture: Instagram

Wedding bells are ringing for top model Holly Keating and her former Dublin footballer boyfriend Michael McCarthy.

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The GAA star, who was part of the squad that won the Sam Maguire cup back in 2011, went down on bended knee over the weekend and popped the question, the Diary can reveal.

The smitten sports star proposed in the picturesque venue of Kilruddery House in Co Wicklow, with a delighted Holly (25) sharing a pic of the couple afterwards in an understated fashion.

"PS, I'm engaged," she said.

Model Holly Keating and fiancé Michael McCarthy. Picture: Instagram
Model Holly Keating and fiancé Michael McCarthy. Picture: Instagram

Showing off her sparkler, she was all smiles as she broke her happy news.

The couple have been inseparable since they started dating over four years ago, so their engagement didn't come as a huge shock.

The Andrea Roche model had enjoyed a date night with her other half at popular Dalkey restaurant Ouzo's on Saturday night before heading to the Wicklow venue on Sunday for the surprise proposal.

Just a month ago, she was bridesmaid at her pal Jodie Wood's wedding to rugby star Will Mathews.

'Mermaid' Holly Keating announcing National Fish & Chips Day
'Mermaid' Holly Keating announcing National Fish & Chips Day

She looked stunning in a mint-green gown as she helped her model pal celebrate her big day in Marbella.

But the petite Bray woman, a qualified horse-riding instructor, has had a tough few years and has credited her other half as a rock of strength throughout.

First she was diagnosed with adult acne, which gradually spread over her face over a six-month period.

She suffered a massive loss in confidence as a result - but she said it only made their relationship stronger.

Holly Keating and Michael McCarthy
Holly Keating and Michael McCarthy

"Michael used to kiss me on the forehead and say it didn't matter to him at all.

"He'd drive me to get bloods done once a month after going on the medication. I've been really lucky with him," she said.

Shortly after, she was diagnosed with viral meningitis and said they still have no idea how she got it.

"I had a really bad headache, it felt like someone had a tyre pump in my ear and was pumping away.

"I was wrongly diagnosed on a Friday with influenza and by the Sunday I was in Vincent's and they caught what it was," she said.

But her ordeal gave her a fresh perspective on life.

"It just makes you grateful that you're able to do this at all.

"Growing up it wasn't my dream [to become a model], but I really love doing it."

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