Monday 22 January 2018

‘The knee could do with a bit of rehab’, says Leinster star Marty Moore after proposal

Leinster's Martin Moore and Lona O'Connor in attendance at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Rugby star Marty Moore is a taken man after popping the question to his long-term love Lona O’Connor.

The Leinster prop (24) proposed to his girlfriend while the pair were on a romantic getaway in New York.

The sportsman took to Twitter to share the happy news from the Big Apple, posting a picture of him and his new fiancee showing off her engagement ring as they posed in front of the Empire State Building.

“So first it was the shoulder. Now the knee could do with a bit of rehab,” he captioned the tweet, referring to his troublesome shoulder injury that has cut short his playing season this season.

Dublin native Marty, who made his debut for Ireland last year, has been dating Lona for four years. The couple live together along with their pet pug, Yogi.

Several of the young couple’s friends, including Marty’s Leinster teammates Ian Madigan and James Tracy, congratulated the happy pair on Twitter.

While the pair manage to stay out of the limelight when Marty is off the rugby pitch, the Ireland star is rarely without his Westmeath native other half.

The young prop isn’t the only Irish rugby player to pop the question Stateside.

Last year Marty’s Leinster team mate Sean Cronin asked his girlfriend Claire Mulcahy from Limerick to marry him while they were also on holiday in New York. The 29-year-old sports star popped the question after dating the stunning BMW marketing executive for close to 10 years. After telling their family and close friends, the Limerick couple went public with their engagement by sharing the news on social media.

Earlier this year, Irish international Devin Toner also asked his long-term girlfriend Mary Scott to marry him while on a romantic break in Dubai.

The Leinster star proposed as the couple rang in the New Year in the exotic city.

Mary (27), a trained chef, previously appeared on TV3 reality cooking show Head Chef and has recently appeared on RTE’s Two Tube for children’s baking segments.

The couple have been dating for more than seven years and recently took the plunge and bought a house together in Dublin’s Portobello.

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