Next up on our Real Life Proposal Story series is my very own Mum and Dad who have been happily married for 28 years now (and counting!) They were childhood sweethearts and their story is not as dramatic as last weeks’ but no less touching….
Couples Names: Lorraine Quinn & Conal Crossan
Proposal Date: 12th April 1979
Wedding Date: 28th February 1981
Wedding Location: Church of the Assumption, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo & reception in Downhill Hotel, Ballina, Co. Mayo
I always knew I was eventually going to get engaged to the man I had been going out with since I was 12 years of age! It was just a matter of when?? When “my man” went to work in England, decisions had to be made……his job was going well but he made it known that if a job in the same firm came up in Ireland then he would be very interested in moving back.
He came home for the Easter holidays in April 1979 and went to a jeweller in Dublin (Applebys) to purchase a ring. I presume he liked it and thought I would too! I was working in a Medical Supply Firm on Dame Street in Dublin (small office….just me and the two bosses) and “my man” called for me at lunch time. Over my very old fashioned Olympus typewriter he produced the ring and asked me did I like it?!
We went off up Grafton Street to celebrate with a sandwich and cup of coffee in a nearby coffee shop! We travelled down to Ballina for the weekend to show our parents the diamonds but we didn’t start talking about dates or venues or anything at that stage. We just enjoyed being engaged and I enjoyed showing of my three stone diamond ring! Of course, years later, I did get bigger diamonds!!