ALISON Curtis always thought she would return to her native Canada, but after falling in love with an Irish man and having a daughter, she realised she had fallen in love with Ireland too.
The 35-year-old Today FM presenter who wakes up the nation with her Saturday Breakfast show, came to Ireland in 1999 intending to stay six months.
But while most of her family felt she would be home within weeks, her Aunt Dorothy knew better.
"She looked at me a little teary and said, 'Well, that's it, you're going to go there, meet a man and never come back'," said Alison.
And that is precisely what happened.
Starting work at Today FM only weeks after moving to Dublin, Alison fell in love first with the medium of radio itself, then with Dublin and then with Ireland.
Two years later, she fell in love with Tony Hegarty, the man she went on to marry in September 2007, and they had a daughter four years later.
It was then that Alison decided she could not be "the only Canadian in the house", and set about becoming naturalised. Yesterday, she became an Irish citizen.
"I'm excited and nervous but most of all proud," she said.
In a tweet, with by a picture of herself holding her certificate of naturalisation, she later proudly announced: "I'm Irish!"