Tuesday 25 October 2016

DJ Nikki's joy as she marries officer and gentleman Frank


DJ Nikki Hayes tied the knot to dashing Irish soldier, Frank Black yesterday.

The Spin 1038 presenter met her army beau in 2010 and the pair have a young daughter, Farah, who is almost 18 months old.

Nikki took to Twitter yesterday morning to share her wedding preparations with her fans.

"OMG I'm getting married today. Don't be late Frank," she joked.

She then shared a snap of her enjoying a cup of tea in a pair of cosy pyjamas saying "No stress".


Nikki, who's real name is Eimear O'Keeffe, then took some time before she started her hair and make-up to write a heartfelt message about the marriage equality referendum.

"One moment before I head to get married later. Everyone should have this right. 110pc vote yes. It's the way it needs to be," she said.

After the ceremony, the glowing bride posted a gorgeous picture of the happy couple in the back of their wedding car.

"So this happened," she captioned the sweet picture.

Last year Frank was sent to war-torn Syria with the Irish Army as part of a UN convoy and Nikki (36) admitted it was tough that he missed their daughter's first Christmas.

He travelled as part of a 130-strong convoy of Irish troops stationed in Israel's Camp Ziouoani, just 100 metres from the Syrian border.

"It's weird because people say, 'Are you worried about him?' But I had watched him train for this since last June," Nikki said. "He was away for weeks on end and doing operations in Glen of Imaal, and because I've seen it first-hand I'm not as worried.

"As he's a mechanic, he normally works on the Presidential escort bikes, but this was a whole new experience for him," she added.

Frank, a Donegal native, has completed previous tours of duty in other countries like Lebanon before coming back to Ireland. Yet Nikki said the fact that they're parents to Farah has made it harder the last time around.

"He has already missed her crawling, and that was the first big milestone. She literally started doing it just a few days after he left - I felt so sorry for him that he missed it," she said.

"But he's doing something that he loves. I have to support him in what he does."


Frank only returned from his six-month tour of duty in April and the couple descended into wedding preparations.

Nikki has previously been extremely open about her mental health issues and says that she is "proud" of the fact that she continued to work while dealing with her illness.

"I am proud of fact I managed to keep working through such dark times though, as doctors had suggested I be signed off for months. Yes I'm a DJ, yes I have mental health issues but I'm still me ," she added.

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