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Rachel set to wed after proposal on the beach

WEDDING bells are set to ring for former Fair City star and businesswoman Rachel Kavanagh, below, the Herald can reveal.

Things couldn't be better for the pregnant actress-turned-entrepreneur after long-term partner Shane McGill got down on bended knee and popped the question.

The 28-year-old, who is seven months pregnant, said that boyfriend of five years Shane asked for her hand unexpectedly while the pair holidayed in Donegal. "Both of our parents are from there so it means a lot to us -- it was the perfect setting, surrounded by beautiful white sand -- really rustic," said Rachel, who added that her beau surprised her by getting down on one knee as they strolled on a beach near Portnoo.

"It was very low key and romantic -- Shane produced a beautiful ring exactly to my taste. It really blew my away -- I'm still staring at it.

"We had talked about marriage before and knew it was where we were heading, but we decided to get used to the pregnancy news first, so the proposal was completely unexpected."

Despite her delight over her wedding news, the Terenure-native has insisted that there will be no engagement parties.

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