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Engagement to Leon was my big highlight of 2014, says Grainne Seoige

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Grainne Seoige and  Leon Jordann at Keith Duffy's  Masquerade Ball  at The Ritz Carlton Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Grainne Seoige and Leon Jordann at Keith Duffy's Masquerade Ball at The Ritz Carlton Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Grainne Seoige and partner Leon Jordaan.  Picture: GERRY MOONEY.

Grainne Seoige and partner Leon Jordaan. Picture: GERRY MOONEY.

Grainne Seoige and partner Leon Jordaan

Grainne Seoige and partner Leon Jordaan

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Grainne Seoige and Leon Jordann at Keith Duffy's Masquerade Ball at The Ritz Carlton Hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Blushing bride-to-be Grainne Seoige has said her highlight of 2014 was celebrating her engagement to fiance Leon Jordaan.

The Gaelgoir also cited the success of her younger sister Sile's charity single Maybe This Christmas as another high point.

Grainne and Leon announced their engagement in April of this year at a glitzy party in Lillies Bordello.

"We announced our engagement this year, which was a lovely time for me and for my entire family," she said.

The couple have been together for more than three years and will tie the knot next year in two separate ceremonies; one in Ireland and one in Jordaan's native South Africa.

Grainne, who is notoriously private about her personal life, said that Leon "understands" her.

"He gets me. What I love about him is his sense of kindness and fun.

"He also has a strong sense of what's fair and what's right," she added.

This evening, Grainne will throw on her glad rags as she hosts the 40th annual People of the Year Awards - and, according to the glamorous Crimecall presenter, it's going to be an evening of high emotion. "I look forward to the awards every year because I know it's going to be an night of emotion," she said.

"It will be a night of being uplifted, being inspired, and being made to feel really, really humble. And the fact that I'm on stage and these people generally get a fantastic surprise when they come on is really wonderful.

"It really does make the waterproof mascara work really, really hard, but it's an amazing night," she added.

Author Stephen Fry will be flying in for the occasion and will walk the red carpet at Dublin's CityWest. Fry is believed to be presenting "accidental activist" Panti Bliss with an award on the evening.

The annual awards ceremony acknowledges and applauds individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Irish life. Categories for the awards include Young Person of the Year and Community Group.

The awards ceremony always attracts an array of celebrities and this year is no different with Nicky Byrne, Sharon Corr, football legend Paul McGrath, and boxer Bernard Dunne all attending. Anne Doyle, Sinead Kennedy and quiff loving presenter Darren Kennedy will also walk the red carpet. The winners of this year's awards will be announced live on RTE One tonight at 9.45pm.

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