Donal serves the dish of the day with surprise proposal
Love was certainly on the menu for the second day of the Taste of Dublin food festival.
While cloudy skies greeted thousands of food lovers who made their way to the annual city centre extravaganza, Dubliner Donal O'Neill lit up proceedings with a surprise proposal to his unsuspecting partner.
The Donabate native picked the opportune time to propose to his shocked girlfriend Amy Costigan - as they got ready for a meal at the pop-up Aldi restaurant.
The proposal was well thought out by Donal who decided to place the ring in an oyster shell - knowing full well that she was not a fan of the fish course.
Screams of joy filled the air as a delighted Amy said yes before toasting their engagement with drinks and food in the Aldi tent.
Thousands of food and music enthusiasts got their weekend off to a flying start at the popular festival, which runs at the city's Iveagh Garden's until Sunday.
A big event on the Irish culinary calendar, yesterday marked a debut at Taste for London-based chef Anna Haugh.
The Tallaght woman, who spent three years working as head chef alongside British culinary star Gordon Ramsay, was delighted to be back on Irish soil for the festival.
The 35-year-old, who has been based in the UK for the past 12 years, is now working as an executive chef in exclusive Soho eatery Bob Ricard.
"It is my first year at Taste and I was so privileged to be asked - I brought my mam, dad and auntie Sadie along," Anna told the Herald.