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'Big life events without him are so painful, and I know a lot of you relate to that'

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Muireann O’Connell has said that her new engagement has been “painful” without her late dad Brendan around.

The newly engaged TV presenter announced on Ireland AM she was set to tie the knot.

Sharing her ‘engagement’ ring with her Instagram followers, Muireann said that her fiancé, who she jokingly calls The Housemate, dropped to the knee in her mother’s kitchen over the weekend.

“This is the placeholder ring. The housemate proposed with a joke ring and then my gorgeous mother stepped in and said I could wear her ruby until we picked our own one out.”

“Dad got this for Mum for their 40th wedding anniversary. I’ve been missing him like mad, obviously, but this makes it feel like he’s involved. Big life events without him are so painful, and I know a lot of you relate to that.”

Muireann’s father Brendan passed away in March this year at his home in Limerick after a battle with cancer.

"He loved to laugh and it was the greatest laugh I have ever heard. You could hear it in another county,” Muireann said of her beloved father.

“When cancer comes to your door, it doesn’t knock politely. It kicks the door down like it’s a home invader who doesn’t give a damn but Brendan handled it like a guest you want to leave but have to put up with.”

“Our lives which had once been soundtracked by the soft tones of radio Kerry was replaced by the perfidious notes of that home invader but he handled it like the star that he was.”

“The love my parents have is something I aspire to everyday; a true, deep love that knows no bounds,” she previously said of her parent’s relationship.

While Muireann was away with her mystery man over the weekend, he planned to pop the question while at a romantic hotel, but he just couldn’t find the right moment.

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Muireann revealed she had gotten engaged on Ireland AM on Wednesday (Instagram)

Muireann revealed she had gotten engaged on Ireland AM on Wednesday (Instagram)

Muireann revealed she had gotten engaged on Ireland AM on Wednesday (Instagram)

“It was very lovely! He was trying to pick a romantic place, we were in the Europe Hotel, and then we were in our favourite hotel in Cromane, but nothing was right,” she told Tommy Bowe on Ireland AM.

“Then I kept inviting my mother everywhere with us this weekend. He’d be like, ‘Come on let’s go for a walk,’ and I’d be like, ‘Mam come on let’s go!’”

Despite being loved up for years, Muireann has never publicly revealed who her partner is.

"He took his opportunity when we were standing in the kitchen and I was making a cup of tea. He got down on one knee, and yes, I did cry.”

“It took us years to get here, so the wedding will be in a decade,” she said in jest.

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