An Irishman popped the question to his girlfriend in the most romantic way as he had his family members hold up a sign across one of the city’s most famous landmarks.
Ian Johnston knew he wanted to make his marriage proposal extra special and co-ordinated the whole thing behind his girlfriend Niamh’s back.
He had his family members climb to the top of Shandon Bells Tower in Cork and hold up the sign which said: ‘Niamh will you marry me?’
The happy couple live on the fifth floor of Lavitt’s Quay which faces the tower.
So, Ian told Niamh they were going out for some food and as she was getting ready he told her that she should look out of the window.
Niamh needed to grab some binoculars to make out what was going on.
She told C103 Cork Radio: “He told me we were going for lunch and I was in the bedroom getting ready and he came in and said, ‘There’s something weird going on at Shandon Bells’.
“So I went out and looked up and our whole family were holding this big sign that said, ‘Will you marry me?
“And then I turned around then and he was down on one knee.
“It was private because it was just the two of us in the apartment but our whole family were up there so it was great.”
When asked if she had any clue about Ian’s plans, Niamh said: “I did actually because a few days before he had told me to get my nails done so that was a big sign.
“And then I rang him on Friday night and he was cleaning the apartment at 10 o’clock so that was another big sign.
“But I didn’t know it was going to be to that scale.”