A Co Donegal man is relieved that his unusual wedding proposal went ‘swimmingly well’ after he popped the question during a New Year’s Day swim.
Romantic Gregory McGuinness, from Culdaff, had thought about many ways to propose to girlfriend Fiona Rooney from Sligo.
But he decided to do the necessary while both took part in yesterday’s New Year’s Day swim on Culdaff Beach.
But Gregory, 29, the son of Donegal County Councillor Bernard McGuinness, has revealed he was terrified the ring would fall out of his pocket!
He spent almost a year thinking of romantic ways to ask Fiona to be his wife.
He finally settled on the idea of the New Year’s Day swim and asked his sister to make him a sign which they held up on the beach.
Thankfully Fiona, also 29, said yes and all those who had gathered for the swim clapped with delight – but only after she managed to wipe all the saltwater from her eyes.
“I was hoping he would eventually ask me. We have been going out together for three years.
“But not in a million years did I think it would be in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on a New Year’s day.
“When we were in the water Greg pointed to these people holding lots of signs up but I had so much water in my eyes that I could see it at first. Then I saw Greg with the ring.
“I didn’t know what to say at first and he asked me again. And then I said ‘of course, of course,” revealed Fiona.
Greg revealed how he had to ask Fiona’s friends to try to find unusual ways of getting her ring size and what kind of ring she liked before getting the sparkler.
“They had to get a few glasses of wife into her and they were all trying on rings and discussing types of rings so I could get it right. Thankfully she loves it and everything went great on the day,” added Greg.
The couple, who live together in Stoneybatter, Dublin, have been celebrating with friends since being carried away on a ‘wave’ of excitement!