A romantic Irishman proposed to his long-term girlfriend on a night out with his family – while singing to her at a karaoke bar.
When 26-year-old Mark Kieran was called up to sing his family expected him to belt out a well-known hit but instead he poured his heart out with a song he wrote himself.
The lyrics were about how much his girlfriend means to him and included the lines: “I hope you say yeah to me, and you spend with me the rest of your days.
“And I could never picture leaving you, my heart it beats only for you. I know sometimes I can do your head in, we’ll fight, I’ll make you laugh, we’ll love again.”
He told the Irish Mirror: “I wrote the song myself, I’ve been working on it for a year, always changing it and trying to get the melody right.
“I’m not the greatest singer, but the song was the best way of showing her how much I love her. It started off as a poem, but over time I changed it into a song.”
As the song ended he got down on one knee and asked his girlfriend, Stacey Bennett: “So come on babe, what do you say? Will you be my fiancee?” His performance was caught on camera by a family member.
Mark and Stacey have been together for 11 years and have a seven year old daughter. Mark has been wanting to propose for the last year.
He said: “The days up to it were really nerve-racking but on the day I was just excited. I’d been planning it for a year and I knew I wanted to marry her for a long time.
“She’s my first and only love. I just thought there’s only one way to express how much I love her, the only way I can describe how I feel.”
Mark’s sister, Kim Kieran, said: “After 11 years together he eventually plucked up the courage and asked his childhood sweetheart and mother of his only child to marry him.
“He did it the best way he knew, by writing his own song just for her. He sang the song acapella at a family party surrounded by family and friends on the day before his 26th birthday and their 11th anniversary.
“Stacey had no clue and thought Mark was just joining in on karaoke until he started singing – she still had no idea what the song meant until he dropped down on one knee.”
The couple hope to tie the knot in the next few years to give themselves chance to save for their wedding.
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