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Model Faye gets engaged to her long term boyfriend

IRELAND'S top model is officially off the market after Faye Dinsmore got engaged to her long-term boyfriend.

There were surely hearts breaking all over the country after Paddy Cosgrave (27) went down on bended knee and popped the question.

But the Diary can reveal how flame-haired Faye celebrated her good news by being whisked off to Milan for a photoshoot as she continues working her way up the modelling ladder.

The 24-year-old recently completed her degree in French and classics at Trinity. Yet she barely paused for a proper break before heading over to Italy for another modelling job, fresh from finishing her studies.

Faye took a two-year sabbatical from her degree to pursue her career in the fashion industry, basing herself between Paris and London as she worked her way up.

But she has clearly come home to nest after getting engaged to her techy boyfriend, who's becoming a major player in the IT industry since first hosting the Dublin Web Summit last year.

The pair have been dating for the past four years since first meeting at Trinity, where Wicklow-born entrepreneur Paddy studied political science and economics.

Hailing from a small farm in Ballintra, Co Donegal, Faye is one of 14 children and was discovered by designer Ciaran Sweeney while he was casting for a college fashion show.

Since signing up to IMG Models, she has gone on to grace the covers of countless magazines and also shot campaigns for Raymond Weil, Ralph Lauren and L'Oreal.

The 5'10" model also has an impressive 255,000 fans on Facebook, making her the most popular Irish person on the social networking site. She also set up her own blog about what goes on behind-the-scenes at fashion shoots.

She organised her own fashion awards in Dublin last year, where the accolades were voted by members of the public and even has her own inch-perfect mannequin at the National Wax Museum.

However, despite her glamorous job, Faye has also insisted that she's a normal girl at heart.

"I went to boarding school when I was 12, so that has really helped me, because I'm so used to being away from home.

"But I get a bit sick if I'm in a city for too long, because I grew up beside the sea and I hate not seeing the beach," she said.

"I grew up on a farm, we grew our own vegetables, we had our own cows. What we had in our freezers is what grew on our farm.

"I'm lucky I came from that sort of background, because I had no idea about fashion or the world outside."