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WEDDING BELLE Cliona Hagan's engagement was a Christmas fairytale

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Cliona got engaged over Christmas (Photo by Steve Humphreys)

Cliona got engaged over Christmas (Photo by Steve Humphreys)

Cliona and Simon shared this pic on Instagram to announce their news

Cliona and Simon shared this pic on Instagram to announce their news

Cliona Hagan's stunning engagement ring

Cliona Hagan's stunning engagement ring

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Cliona got engaged over Christmas (Photo by Steve Humphreys)

IT’S been an eventful time in the life of Cliona Hagan for all the right reasons.

The Co. Tyrone singer has just released a bluegrass track called I’ve Forgotten You, which is a nice little new year gift for all her fans and admirers.

And, of course, Cliona and drummer Simon Sheerin announced at Christmas that they had got engaged.

It really was quite a fairytale proposal by Simon who sprung the surprise on Cliona as they went for a walk by Lough Ree in Co. Westmeath.

As they sauntered by the banks, the unsuspecting Cliona suddenly spotted what she described as a beautiful arch with flowers and a red carpet and candles.

And playing in the background was her favourite song – You’re Still The One by Shania Twain.

Simon has to be congratulated for staging such a beautiful proposal – he even chose the perfect ring.

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Cliona Hagan's stunning engagement ring

Cliona Hagan's stunning engagement ring

Cliona Hagan's stunning engagement ring

With so much uncertainty around Covid, the happy couple are wisely holding off on making plans for their big day as they want to be sure that they can have all their nearest and dearest at the ceremony and celebrations.

Cliona has worked hard through the years to make a career for herself in country music, and she is definitely one of the Irish scene’s biggest attractions.

Ever since she was a child, Cliona has had a love of singing and performing. She even performed on The Late Late Toy Show at the age of 12 singing Silent Night.

The seed was sown for a career in music that night, as Cliona remembers “feeling so comfortable doing it”, and getting huge plaudits from the neighbours back home. “I even got a shout out at school assembly and everybody was clapping,” she recalls.

A classically trained singer, some years later Cliona was back in the spotlight, this time on RTÉ’s The All Ireland Talent Show in 2009.

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Cliona and Simon shared this pic on Instagram to announce their news

Cliona and Simon shared this pic on Instagram to announce their news

Cliona and Simon shared this pic on Instagram to announce their news

Eurovision winner Dana was her mentor and Majella was also part of the team. “I remember Majella telling me at the time that I had a country twang in my voice,” Cliona says. “Back then, I was listening to country, but had never properly tried to sing it. But Majella spotted that in my voice.”

Cliona qualified from the University of Edinburgh and worked as a music teacher before deciding to become a full-time country singer.

“I then educated myself about the Irish country scene. I did all my research and all my own promotion,” she says.

“I remember sitting at my table for hours and hours putting CD covers together and getting everything typed up and sent away to radio stations. I did everything myself for the first three singles that I released.”

In 2018 and 2019, Cliona won a whole new army of fans when she became a contestant on Dancing With The Stars.

One of the most stylish ladies in country music today, Cliona adds that being a performer gives her an excuse. “Every girl likes her make-up and pretty clothes, and I’m definitely no exception,” she adds.

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