Emma's over the moon to show 'Nasa's sexiest nerd' Bobak the sights
DUBLIN model Emma Quinlan has landed her very own spaceman -- she is seeing a NASA systems engineer.
Emma (28) is dating American Bobak Ferdowsi, who hit the headlines last summer thanks to his distinctive mohawk hairstyle.
The 28-year-old was labelled the 'sexiest nerd at NASA' during last August's Mars Curiosity mission and received countless proposals of marriage from around the globe.
However, the Diary has learned he has chosen to enjoy the festive season on these shores after landing in Dublin a few days ago to catch up with his new girlfriend Emma.
They headed west as they booked into the Twelve Hotel in Galway for a romantic pre-Christmas break as the snake-charming beaty showed him all the best tourist attractions in the City of Tribes.
They then came back to Dublin over the weekend and went for drinks in the Shelbourne Hotel with some of Emma's family and friends, a close source told the Diary.
"They've been going out for a little while and she was looking for somewhere nice to bring him while he was over in Ireland and thought it would be the perfect spot for him.
"He flew into Dublin last week and then they headed down to Galway to start their trip," said a source.
The smitten couple made sure to book into the hotel's top suite, namely Suite XII, which boasts an open fire and even a Jacuzzi bath as they unwound in style.
Situated in the wilds of Connemara, the pair stayed in the hotel for two nights as they took full advantage of their picturesque surroundings. Gushing about her new man, Emma said on her Twitter page how having Bobak in her living room was "like having a personal Brian Cox".
This is thought to be Bobak's first time in Ireland and he will no doubt enjoy the country's laid-back vibe as he soaks up some Yuletide atmosphere.
When he first hit the headlines last August, he admitted to being a little overwhelmed by all the attention but said it was "cool" to receive so many compliments.
"I'm flattered and it has all been very nice. Mostly this has made me laugh. It's all very funny," he said.
Bubbly Emma is known for her straight-talking ways and has previously been included in polls of Ireland's Sexiest Ladies.
The Dublin beauty, a previous participant in ICA Bootcamp, who often uses her pet snake in her burlesque routines, hasn't been publicly linked with anyone since splitting from her long-term boyfriend Stephen Walsh.