Muireann O'Connell announces engagement to "housemate" on live TV 1 year ago

Muireann O'Connell announces engagement to "housemate" on live TV

"He got down on one knee, and yes, I did cry!"

Muireann O' Connell has announced her engagement.


On Wednesday's Ireland AM, the presenter revealed that her long-term boyfriend, who she often refers to as her "roommate", had popped the question over the weekend while the two were enjoying a trip down in Kerry.

She explained how, after a few mishaps, he got down on one knee while she was in the kitchen making a cup of tea. And she said yes straight away!

"I got engaged at the weekend. It was very lovely," she told her co-hosts Alan Hughes and Tommy Bowe.

"He was trying to pick a romantic place, we were in the Europe Hotel, and then we were in our favourite hotel in Cromane, but nothing was right!


"Then I kept inviting my mother everywhere with us this weekend. He'd be like, 'Come on let's go for a walk,' and I'd be like: 'Mam come on let's go!'

"So he took his opportunity when we were standing in the kitchen and I was making a cup of tea. He got down on one knee, and yes, I did cry."

There's no date set for the wedding just yet but the Limerick native said she doesn't think it'll be anytime soon.

"It took us years to get here, so the wedding will be in a decade," she laughed.


In a post shared to Instagram after the show, Muireann joked about how her two-costs had finally noticed the ring.

"Just how I wanted it to happen," she wrote. "@tommybowe and @alanhughes announcing my engagement to the world after they finally spotted the ring."

Fans and friends flooded the comment section with their well wishes.

"I am SO happy for you both," one person wrote.


"Awh Muireann that’s gorgeous news!! Thrilled for you," another added.

"Ahhh massive congrats!" a third said.

Muireann has always preferred to keep her relationship and personal life private, hence why she referred to her boyfriend as her "housemate" in the past.