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Mairead to walk up the aisle after Louis pops the question

THE week has just started but already it's a great one for Mairead Farrell.

The Today FM broadcaster has announced that she is to marry her businessman boyfriend Louis Ronan - and on top of that, is gearing up to leave The Ray D'Arcy Show to become the new producer of Ian Dempsey's breakfast slot.

Thilled Mairead announced the news that she is set to become Mrs Ronan this morning live on-air.

The overjoyed mother-of-one revealed that Louis surprised her and got down on one knee while the loved-up couple were on holiday earlier this month.

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"I'm engaged," she told the Ray D'Arcy Show today.

"Louis asked me to marry him almost two weeks ago on holidays.

"I would have laughed and told the world but he's the sensible one and he said 'let's just tell our families and relax and put our phones away'," the 34-year-old said.

Mairead said her six-year-old son Dara, from a previous relationship, was with the pair when Louis proposed.

And the anchor said that little Dara will have a big role to play on their wedding day.

"Dara was with us as well, which was fantastic.

"He is best man for both of us.

"His first question was: 'How much do you get paid to be best man?'" she said.

Fitness fanatic Mairead and Louis, the nephew of business tycoon Johnny Ronan, have been dating since 2011. Her marriage to advertising executive Eddie Fitzpatrick ended in 2010.

As well as toasting her pending nuptials, Mairead is celebrating a job change.

She will soon be setting up her desk on the other side of the office at Today FM, when she officially joins Ian Dempsey's radio team.

"It's very tough leaving here, but its been something on my mind for a while," she told listeners this morning.

"Dara's growing up like a flash before my eyes.

"I'm able to pick him up from school every day now.

"I had to make a change," she insisted.

"I'm really excited because they have a brilliant team over there, but I'll be really sad leaving," she said.

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