Cork footballer Valerie Mulcahy to wed longterm girlfriend Meg Blyth this month
Cork GAA hero Valerie Mulcahy will tie the knot with her "kind and caring" girlfriend, choreographer Meg Blyth later this month.
The couple were introduced by mutual friends over six years ago, and have been inseparable ever since.
However, it was a case of "opposites attract" as choreographer Meg admits that they have nothing in common.
"I had never seen a ladies football match, I didn't even know it existed," she laughed to RSVP Magazine.
"Meg had no idea that I played football but when she found out she was very supportive and now she's a big fan," Valerie added.
Valerie is considered one of the most successful female sports stars in the country - with an impressive nine All-Ireland successes to her name.
She told the magazine that she made the decision to propose last summer, returning to Myrtleville beach where they had their first date.
"I said I needed a swim after a tough training session. There was a person there chatting to us so I couldn't do it, I ended up proposing in the restaurant in Bunnyconnellan afterwards."
The pair, who live together with their two lizards and four cats, say that children are most likely on their agenda.
"We go back and forth about it but we do think we will. That said, we don't think we're ready now," dance teacher Meg revealed.
Their upcoming big day will be made even more special now that the legislation for same-sex marriage has been passed.
"There's a process involved so it won't be in place when we get married, we will just go ahead with the wedding and we can apply for our license," Valerie stated.
The GAA star also spoke about her experiences of growing up gay, and how it took her family some time to come to terms with it.
"I guess when you're young you want to fit in, you don't want to be different. I wanted an easy life. I just wanted to be straight."
"I think I battled it for awhile but started to accept it in my early 20s. I knew when I kissed a girl I guess. I thought, 'This is what it should feel like.'"
"I was in University of Limerick and I didn't go near the LGBT Society. I wasn't with any girl for four years in college."
Valerie offered the following advice to anyone struggling to come to terms with their sexuality;
"In the short term it might be hard but the long term benefit will be worth it. There's help out there and people out there that have gone through what you are going through. Reach out," she advised.
"I'm happy being a gay person now," she concluded. "You turn a corner and you are proud of who you are."