AN Irishman stunned his girlfriend by proposing on top of a cliff – with the engagement ring delivered by drone.
Romantic Blue Cassidy well and truly sprang a surprise on his Brazilian partner who was appropriately posing with a bottle of champagne believing she was taking part in a tourism promotion video when her ring literally dropped from the skies.
Maria Gilvanda, almost dropped the bottle of bubbly on the West Cork headland when the ring was delivered by a drone.
The Beara native who operates Rebel Tree Care recorded the proposal with the help of Niall Duffy of West Cork Photos as they sat enjoying the spring sunshine at Dooneen, located just outside Allihies, which boasts stunning views over the rocky coastline and sea.
Maria, who works in IT in Cork, thought she was only going for the picnic with Blue to help Niall organise a tourism promotion video for West Cork to support post-Covid-19 lockdown ‘staycations’ in the area.
She thought the picnic, blanket, bottle of Champagne and glasses were all props and part of the video promotion.
She never suspected a thing until the drone landed on the headland and Blue got down on one knee to propose to her, engagement ring in hand.
She clasped her hands to her face in shock before saying ‘yes’ to her long-time boyfriend.
The happy couple are now making wedding plans once the world returns to normal after the pandemic.
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Niall said “Because Blue had a stunning location picked out we had to convince Maria that she was participating in a picnic as part of a promotional video for local tourism.
“To add to the drama we decided to deliver the engagement ring by drone and film her reaction.”
“It was a touch and go operation as strong winds on the day threatened to scupper flying and it was a struggle to keep the drone in place but we went for it and happily the result was perfect”.