Sunday 22 April 2018

WATCH: This Irish man proposed by singing Fairytale of New York - and it will melt your heart

Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

A Clare man asked his partner to marry him by singing a special version of Fairytale of New York - and the video will melt your heart.

Gary O'Donoghue surprised his partner Verona Houlihan on St Stephen's Day by proposing to her while singing a unique version of Christmas hit Fairytale of New York.

"Gary is always one for changing songs and putting his own words to them," Shona Cleary, who shared the fantastic moment, told

"At his sister Linda's wedding he changed the words to a song to make it about Linda and Ruairi. At our cousin's wedding last year when he was groomsman he changed the words to Red is the Rose to make it about my cousin and how he met his wife."

"Verona knew nothing but Gary had arranged for his parents, Verona's grandparents and for their daughters Lexi and Cora to be with them in the pub on Stephen's Day. Everyone knew what was happening except for Verona, as you can tell as at the end of the clip she says, 'Are you joking?'"

The surprise proposal took place in the Copper Jug in Ennis and Gary and Verona's immediate family joined them afterwards to celebrate.

"The reaction was brilliant. And the best part was that Verona couldn't believe how the two girls Lexi and Cora had known for weeks and were part of the plan but had managed to keep it a secret," said Shona.

"They are both delighted! Gary would love to have the singing priest Fr. Ray Kelly singing at the wedding if anyone has any leads."

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