DWTS couple Thalia Heffernan and Ryan McShane defy dancing curse and mark one year anniversary
They found love on the first series of Dancing With The Stars, and this month Thalia Heffernan and Ryan McShane are celebrating a year together.
The couple began dating shortly after they met on set and have had a long- distance relationship over the last few months, with Ryan based in Birmingham when he's not working on the RTE series.
Thalia said she couldn't believe a year had already gone by.
"Thank you Ryan for a year of laugher, joy, excitement, adventure and so much love. It's crazy how a year can feel like no time at all, and yet hold so many memories," she said. "Here's to walking side by side, and holding hands, into all that this new year will bring."
Ryan went for a more subdued approach in expressing his affection for the model, sharing a photo of the couple with their arms wrapped around each other with the caption: "Just thank you."
Many of the couples' followers sent their best wishes, with one writing: "You are such a lovely couple and only for Dancing With The Stars you might never have met so must be fate."
Thalia has kept busy since the series. She has become a reporter with TV3's Xpose, covering many red carpet events and online segments for the entertainment show.
"It was supposed to just be a part-time thing, but now I'm doing it more and more. I've fallen into it quite well and I'm pretty happy," she said.
Meanwhile, Ryan has returned to the dance floor with a vengeance. After reaching the semi-final last year with Denise McCormack, he looks set for success again with Conor McGregor's sister Erin.
The pair scored 23 out of 30 points for their first dance last Sunday.