Tour guide who broke proposal finds couple via Liveline

A tour guide who picked up a couple after they were proposed to Nenagh Castle went to Liveline to try to track them down.

Tipperary man Kevin Whelan, who is a tour guide in the popular tourist destination, snapped the photo of Pamela, Ciarán and their children Jack and Jade after Ciarán proposed to Pamela atop the castle on Saturday morning.

After sharing the photo on Facebook where it received nearly 200 likes, Kevin decided to try and track down the couple, calling Liveline to see if Joe Duffy could help identify the pair.

“I believe the couple were staying at a local hotel – the Abbey Court Hotel,” Kevin said. “It got so much publicity and people inquired because it’s good news.”

After calling Joe to see if he would be lucky to find the pair, Liveline returned from a break to bride-to-be Pamela Doyle on the other line.

“We were just doing a few touristy things,” Pamela explained. ‘[Ciarán] told our children the night before that we were going up to the castle on Saturday morning”. After climbing the 101 steps to the top of Nenagh Castle, Ciarán got down on one knee.

Nenagh Castle tour guide Kevin Whelan snapped the photo of the couple after Ciarán proposed Pamela on top of the castle. Photo: Kevin Whelan/Facebook

‘I wanted to take a picture with the four of us [including the two children]… Ciarán greeted them and I just turned around,” Pamela said. “And he was on his knees with the ring”.

After Ciarán popped the question, Jade and Jack walked down the stairs to tell Kevin that their parents got engaged – with Kevin taking the shot.

After explaining how she and Ciarán met – on the Dublin Nitelink 16 years ago – Kevin and the Abbey Court Hotel, where the family stayed, sent their congratulations to the couple, with the hotel inviting them to return for one night with dinner, a spa treatment and hairdresser appointment included as a treat for Pamela.

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Ciarán proposed to Pamela on top of Nenagh Castle. Photo: David P Howard/Geographer

Kevin added to the treat, including an invitation to the castle for the family to join in the St Patrick’s Day celebrations at Nenagh Castle.

“There’s an invitation from Nenagh Castle and North Tipperary County Council for Pamela and Ciarán and the lads to attend our St Patrick’s Day Festival on March 17,” Kevin said.

Although they could not be married at the castle, Dublin Bus offered Nitelink services to bring them to their wedding venue.