'I'm still struck by a bolt whenever I see her'
Ronán Tormay (42) from Ratoath, Co Meath -- a business communications consultant with O2 -- recalls being "struck by a bolt of lighting" the moment he saw first love -- Blánaid in a nightclub aged 18. And proving lightning doesn't strike twice, more than two decades on, the couple are happily married with five children.
"I had snuck out to Tamango Nightclub in Portmarnock with my cousins when I spotted Blánaid on the dancefloor. She was absolutely gorgeous -- the second I saw her, I was totally smitten. Somehow, I plucked up the courage to go over and chat her up and we ended up dancing a slow set.
"At the end of the night, I got her number. Normally, if I liked a girl, I'd wait a week to call her. With Blánaid, I rang the next morning and we wound up chatting for seven hours -- that's when I knew she was 'The One'.
"I had been out with other girls before, but never felt that connection. At the time, I was training to be a ships radio officer and had no intention of settling down. After I met Blánaid, however, there was no way I was going off to sea for six months.
"I knew very early on that she was a keeper -- and in 1993, we got married. Eighteen years on, we're completely different people than when we first met. And having kids has completely changed the dynamic of our relationship.
"Luckily, we've managed to grow up together rather than apart like many other couples.
"Blánaid and I have always made time for one another -- whether it was jetting off on a romantic weekend when times were good or saving for a babysitter when things were tighter.
"Of course, there were opportunities with other women over the years -- but I'd never dream of jeopardising what I have at home.
"Blánaid is my first and last love, as well as the mother of my children -- and I'm still struck by a bolt whenever I see her."