Saturday 18 November 2017

Man (27) calls girlfriend's bluff and organises epic Brooklyn cinema proposal

Louise Walsh

A cinema-goer got the shock of her life last week when her boyfriend proposed to her from the big screen.

Kee Ward was enjoying a night out at the Diamond Cinema in Navan, Co. Meath with her boyfriend Anthony Kavanagh when he popped up on the screen, between the trailers and the opening credits to 'Brooklyn' on Friday night.

In the two minute-long footage, Anthony (27) declares his love for Kee and admits to having being turned down a few times in the past.

He then shows a few clips of Kee saying no to his 'unofficial' proposals at their Navan home before she finally says: 'one day I'll say yes and then you'll be (in trouble).'

Kee was totally unaware that her refusals were being recorded by Anthony for a more formal proposal which he asks one last time from the big screen. 

Thankfully Kee, who turned 30 just a day before the big question, said Yes.

"I don't know how I thought of it, I still don't. I love going to the cinema with herself.  I took the footage and went to Diamond Cinema to talk to technical manager Colm Geraghty about the possibility of asking her to marry me at the cinema," said Anthony, who originally hails from Cabra in Dublin.

"We were going for a few drinks for her 30th birthday on Saturday so I suggested a quiet night at the cinema on Friday and asked her to pick a film. When she chose Brooklyn, I just told the management at Diamond Cinema and left the rest to them.

"In fairness, Colm worked on the footage to get it into the right format for screening.  I have to say all the staff were brilliant and my heart was in my mouth that she'd say 'no'. I have asked her unofficially in the past and she's always said no so this, in front of so many strangers, was a bit daunting."

Kee who is with Anthony four years and originally from Finglas in Dublin said she was "still in shock" this week.

"We talked about marriage before but I always put him off to be honest and he got annoyed.  I was coming around to the idea but I really didn't see this coming. I was stunned to see him on the screen and a bit mortified. By the end though, I was in floods of tears."

The couple, who have yet to decide a date for the wedding added: "He's not overly romantic but he always puts a lot of thought into presents to make sure they mean something."

When the Yes came, the cinema descended into applause by stunned cinema-goers who braved stormy weather to see Brooklyn.

Manager of the Diamond Cinema Liz Egan says it was 'a first for them' and possibly for Ireland.

"I certainly haven't heard of a proposal done this way before," she said.

"I had told patrons on the way in that there would be a little disruption before the film as we were staging a surprise. They were all delighted to go along with us and the Thai Orchid restaurant upstairs even sent us down a bottle of champagne and a meal for two for the happy couple. We were delighted to be able to accommodate the request.

"I actually thought because of the weather that there wouldn't be a big turnout for the 9pm show and was going to arrange a few of the staff to sit in to give them a boost but luckily we nearly had a full house on the night."

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