RTE's Sinead Kennedy's been keeping a big secret - she's walking down aisle

Conor propsed to Sinead several months ago.

She kept that quiet. After eight years together, Winning Streak presenter Sinead Kennedy and her Navy captain partner Conor Kirwan have decided to take a trip down the aisle.

Conor asked Sinead several months ago but the TV presenter decided to keep the news to herself.

"I do have some news as I have been engaged for the last few months and I'm going to get married late next year," she told the RTE Guide.

Sinead (30) said she had no idea Conor was going to pop the question.

"I didn't suspect anything before the proposal. We had dinner in Cork and the next day he whisked me away somewhere very nice for the night."

"It was all very romantic and that's all I'm going to say on it," she said.

She may be keeping details of the proposal a secret but Sinead says fiancé Conor gets top marks when it comes to picking a engagement ring.

"I saw that ring a long time ago but Conor remembered because he is so good," she said referring to her blue gemstone set in antique gold.

Sinead and Conor first met in 2005, he was a naval officer on the LE Emer in Cork and she was doing a live link from the then European Capital of Culture.

"I was doing some links on the river. He was assigned to look after me and I was like, 'your man is unreal'. The uniform did it and the eyes," she told the Herald earlier this year.

It's been an eventful year for the chatty TV star, who left RTE's Young People's Department and started co-hosting Winning Streak with RTE legend Marty Whelan.

"Working with him is amazing," she said. "Everyone loves Marty."

While Sinead enjoys getting dolled up for the weekly show she admits she can be a bit demanding backstage.

"I'm just not as comfortable in dresses as some people," the Cork native said.

"So I'm a bit of a diva backstage and have the wardrobe lady Stacey Gallagher's heart broken.

"I'm wrecking their heads saying 'Can ye get me pants or leather trousers?'" she said.

Like other presenters, Sinead feels pressure to look good in front of the camera.

"People come up to me on the street and say, 'Jeez you're much skinnier in real life' and while that's meant to be a compliment it is heartbreaking.

"And I'm thinking do I look like an absolute heifer on the telly.

"But then I tell myself to cop on. I know what I look like and I know what I weigh."


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