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I'll be so emotional walking Rosie down aisle, says proud dad

Published 08/01/2013 | 05:00

Proud father Chris de Burgh with daughter Rosanna Davison during the family's holiday in Mauritius
Proud father Chris de Burgh with daughter Rosanna Davison during the family's holiday in Mauritius
The newly-engaged couple share a cocktail on holiday
Rosanna Davison and Wesley Quirke celebrate their engagement
The diamond ring

PROUD father Chris de Burgh has admitted that his daughter's wedding day will be extremely emotional for him but that he's looking forward to having a son-in-law.

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The 'Lady in Red' singer told the Irish Independent that he couldn't be happier for Rosanna Davison and her fiance Wesley Quirke.

"I'm so proud and happy for Rosie and Wes. They make a wonderful couple and the whole family loves him," he said, speaking from Mauritius, where the family is enjoying a holiday.

"I'm really looking forward to officially welcoming him into the Davison family. Giving my daughter away will no doubt be an extremely emotional but joyful moment."

Quirke (28) is the son of millionaire arcade tycoon Richard Quirke. He proposed to 28-year-old Rosanna while the pair enjoyed a walk on the beach during the family holiday.

Davison's ring, from Voltaire Diamonds on St Stephen's Green in Dublin, is estimated to be worth up to €40,000.

The future Mrs Quirke said that while a busy year of planning lies ahead, she'll be no 'bridezilla' and will focus on her engagement party for the time being.

"I think I'll be quite chilled to be honest. I can't wait for the whole process of organising it. It's going to be a very busy year. There's so much to organise and decide on but I'm going to start with an engagement bash for family and friends when we're home," she said.

"We're looking at summer 2014 as a possible date, but we haven't decided yet on where."

When asked would she like to have the occasion in the grounds of her family's Co Wicklow home, the former Miss World said: "It's definitely a possibility, but the thing is you can't always rely on the Irish weather. We'd have to look at the logistics of a marquee and getting everyone there."

Davison's modelling agent Andrea Roche said she's expecting a fantastic day out for the occasion.

"I'm so delighted for them, they're a great couple and each other's best friend. They've been together for years and I can't wait for their wedding day, I'm sure it'll be absolutely fantastic."

Model Sarah McGovern encouraged Davison and Quirke to make the most of the coming weeks.

"I'm so thrilled for them both. I hope they get time to relax and enjoy this special time together now, before the mayhem of organising a wedding begins," she said.

Irish Independent

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