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Jonathan Carroll from North Dublin who proposed to Mary Turner from Missouri at Dublin Airport this morning

Jonathan Carroll from North Dublin who proposed to Mary Turner from Missouri at Dublin Airport this morning

Jonathan Carroll from north Dublin who proposed to Mary Turner from Missouri at Dublin Airport this morning

Jonathan Carroll from north Dublin who proposed to Mary Turner from Missouri at Dublin Airport this morning

Jonathan Carroll from north Dublin who proposed to Mary Turner from Missouri at Dublin Airport this morning

Jonathan Carroll from north Dublin who proposed to Mary Turner from Missouri at Dublin Airport this morning

Jonathan Carroll from North Dublin who proposed to Mary Turner from Missouri at Dublin Airport this morning

Jonathan Carroll from North Dublin who proposed to Mary Turner from Missouri at Dublin Airport this morning

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Jonathan Carroll from North Dublin who proposed to Mary Turner from Missouri at Dublin Airport this morning

A young Irish emigrant gave his girlfriend the "ultimate Christmas gift" when he popped the question minutes after touching down at Dublin Airport.

Mary Turner, from Missouri in the US, was visibly dumbfounded when Jonathan Carroll threw down his luggage, got down on one knee in the arrivals area of Terminal 2, and asked for her hand in marriage.

He whipped out an engagement ring box from his pocket and asked: 'Will you marry me?'

Through tears, she immediately replied 'yes'.

The 21-year-old American is in Ireland for the first time, and was introduced to her future in-laws following the shock proposal.

Throngs of Jonathan's friends were also on hand to witness the happy scene.

The 20-year-old from Coolock, north Dublin, had spent months mulling over how he would give his girlfriend the "best proposal in the world."

Following tradition he had first asked permission from Mary's mother and stepfather - and he also sought advice from his own mother, who also helped him source a ring while in the US.

The first year sports science student is studying at university in Oklahoma.

But the newly-engaged couple will bide their time before tying the knot, and are anxious to finish college before walking down the isle.

His wife-to-be, who studies respiratory therapy, said she was completely unawared Jonathan would pop the question in so dramatic a manner.

"I'm so emotional. I had no idea whatsoever he was planning this - he didn't act a bit nervous on our flight to Dublin," she said, struggling to contain her emotions.

"In fact, he was bit cranky," she quipped.

They first got to know one another by exchanging messages on Snapchat, and when they met in person they "hit it off instantly."

"This is the first time I've met his family, and I got an incredible welcome," she added.

"It's also my first time in Ireland, first time meeting the family, and my first time engaged."

Speaking to independent.ie, Jonathan said the couple plan to finish their degrees before deciding in which country they will eventually live.

"I was cool as a cucumber on the flight. It's fifty/fifty as to whether we'll return to Ireland on a permanent basis," he added.

During his time back home, Jonathan plans to show his fiance the best of what Dublin has to offer, and will take her on a whistle-stop tour of the main tourist attractions.


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