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Saturday 21 April 2018

I need to ask you summit special

I Will: An Everest proposal for David

Proposal: David pops question to Mairead on fundraising group's Everest trip
Proposal: David pops question to Mairead on fundraising group's Everest trip
Dave OLeary from Dundrum and Mairead Martin pictured on the fundraising trek to Everest Base Camp in aid of Suas Education projects in India and Kenya.

Alan O'Keeffe

A Dublin man was on top of the world when his girlfriend said 'I will' high in the Himalayas.

David O'Leary (33) fought off a headache caused by high altitudes to go down on one knee to propose to Mairead Martin (32) on her birthday more than 3,000m up the slopes of Mount Everest.

"I caught her completely off guard with the engagement ring. She thought I was going to give her a birthday present," said the delighted Dundrum man.

But champagne was out of the question for David and Mairead as alcohol is not recommended when trekking at such high altitudes.

They were participating in a fundraising trek in Nepal for Irish charity Suas, which provides education for impoverished children in India and Kenya. The couple were part of a group from Ireland that raised €11,500.

David proposed to Mairead, a native of Newry, Co Down, with a blue sapphire and diamond ring. David, who works for Toyota Ireland, told the Herald he was thrilled when Mairead, an auditor, said "yes".

The couple had trained for the trek for several months on the slopes of Slieve Donard in the Mourne Mountains.

They will hold their wedding at the Slieve Donard Hotel next August.

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