THE most romantic proposal that took place over the Valentine’s weekend was when Lee Murphy went down on bended knee to ask Nessa O’Farrell for her hand in marriage in the beautiful and romantic surroundings of Altamont Gardens.
“My heart was absolutely pounding,” Lee revealed, laughing. “Nessa had sat down on a bench by a lake. I told her to stand up and then I hugged her and told her that I loved her. Then, I went down on my knee and asked her to marry me. She was dumbfounded and kept looking from me to the engagement ring. She left me on my knee for an eternity! Eventually I said, ‘Is that a yes?’ Everything was perfect – everything fell into place for me.”
Nessa was so shocked because she never once suspected that Lee was this year’s winner of an engagement ring from Bramley’s Jewellers.
Nessa and Lee had picked out a ring ten months ago and had been paying it off in instalments. However, when she spotted the Bramley’s Jewellers €2,000 engagement ring giveaway in The Nationalist, she asked Lee to enter. Lee secretly entered, telling Nessa that he hadn’t bothered.
The ring that the pair had picked out was worth more than the €2,000 prize fund, so Lee scrambled to pay off the remaining €1,000 balance by Friday.
“It was the ring that Nessa picked out and she was going to have it, no matter what,” Lee explained. “She totally deserves it. She’s a kind, wonderful person and she’s a great mother. She’s my rock. She means everything to me.”
Having decided to pop the question on Sunday in Altamont Gardens, Romeo Lee was then contacted by our photographer, Tom Nolan, who was lurking behind the trees, waiting to capture the big moment.
Nessa and Lee’s two children, Jamie (10) and five-year-old Robyn, were also there to witness the momentous occasion.
The couple, who live in Graiguecullen, have been together for 13 years. Nessa, who works for DNG McCormack Auctioneers, is originally from Rathcrogue and is the daughter of Frank and Clare O’Farrell. Lee is a qualified cabinet maker, whose parents are Pat and Tina from Springhill, Killeshin.
“Only for Bramley’s, we’d still be paying off the ring until late next year,” Lee said. “Now, it’s all paid off, it looks like we could be getting married next year instead. It means so much to us, it really does.”