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Saturday 16 December 2017

It's not all blue as Dubs fan Colette says 'yes' to Andy

Andy Smith and Colette Smith, Donaghmede, Dublin, celebrate their engagement during the half time break at the Kerry versus Dublin national football league clash at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney on Sunday
Andy Smith and Colette Smith, Donaghmede, Dublin, celebrate their engagement during the half time break at the Kerry versus Dublin national football league clash at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney on Sunday
Andy Smith, Donaghmede, Dublin, proposes to Colette Smith during the half time break at the Kerry versus Dublin national football league clash at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney

A MARRIAGE proposal in front of 6,000 GAA fans came as a complete shock to an unsuspecting Dublin fan.

Colette Greenhalgh went to the Dublin-Kerry match in Killarney with boyfriend Andy Smith yesterday with no idea what was going to happen at half-time.

"I heard our names called out on the public address system to go to Gate 6 beside the pitch," Colette told the Herald.

Shock

"The steward opened the gate and asked us on to the pitch. When I turned around, Andy was on his knees with a ring and asked me to marry him. I'm still in shock."

After a few words expressing astonishment, she was delighted to say "Yes".

"When we were brought to the centre of the pitch for a photograph, Andy went down on his knee again and the whole stadium was clapping and cheering.

"It was embarrassing and exciting," said the delighted Dublin fan.

"Then someone in the crowd shouted down, 'Run for your life, you idiot'!

"Andy had lots of help organising the surprise. He's a gentleman."

"I was petrified," said Andy. "It was nerve-wracking, but it's a dream that's become a reality. I'm ecstatic."

Andy and Colette have been together for four years. They both have children from previous relationships.

Happy

They live in Donaghmede, though Colette is a native of Belcamp while Andy, who has Irish parents, moved to Ireland from England 20 years ago.

Colette works in a pharmacy and Andy is a CCTV engineer with Dyno-Rod.

Although Dublin fans saw their team beaten by Kerry, they at least have the happy memory of a half-time love story.

aokeeffe@herald.ie

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