Sunday 23 October 2016

Surprise proposal amid scenes of joy at airport

Martin Mulroe proposes to Louise Mooney in Dublin Airport. Photo: Colin Keegan
Martin Mulroe proposes to Louise Mooney in Dublin Airport. Photo: Colin Keegan
Brea (5), Cillian (3) and baby Roan Mullarkey, from Garristown, wait for their cousins from Adelaide. Picture Colin Keegan.

It was the best possible Christmas present.

Louise Mooney had just completed her college exams and went to Dublin Airport to collect boyfriend Martin Mulroe coming back from Australia.

Her family told her the waiting media were there for Conor McGregor. But romance hung in the air at the very spot where they met three years earlier.

Martin had flown into Dublin hours before so he could propose with the help of airport staff, who were waiting in the wings with flowers and balloons.


Louise's sister, mum and friends were all in on the secret, and helped to keep it under wraps until the big moment, when an excited Louise ran and jumped into Martin's arms to welcome him home.

When she let go, he dropped to one knee.

A shocked Louise said "Yes" - and a big cheer went up in Terminal 2.

Throughout the arrivals hall there were similarly emotional scenes as hundreds of returning emigrants arrived back home.

Helena Coughlan, from Galway, was waiting with a hug for daughter Jennifer arriving from Chicago.

"It's so special," said Helena. "We used to live in New York and my Mam and Dad would come to meet me. I never realised how much it meant to them."

Marlene Escudero was returning from Texas, where she had been visiting family to share the news that she and husband James Delehanty are expecting their first child.

The Blanchardstown couple have been married for two years.

Marlene beamed in the airport as she told the Herald it was the "first time James bought me flowers".

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