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Penelope and Yorick on cloud nine after marriage proposal over castle

August 24th, 2019 7:10 AM

By Kieran O'Mahony

Yorick Evans-Freke's marriage proposal flying high over Castlefreke, as part of his proposal to Penelope Johnson

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A MYSTERY airborne marriage proposal that flew high over the Clonakilty skies almost two weeks ago has finally been solved.

Speculation was rife among locals as they tried to guess who was behind the original proposal and, more importantly, they wanted to know if the person it was intended for, had said yes.

Clonakilty’s David O’Brien was one of the first to snap the plane and its banner when it flew over Ahamilla on Monday afternoon (August 5th) when he was out on the pitch with his son. Since then he has been dying to know who was behind it, as were The Southern Star’s Facebook followers after it was posted earlier this week.

We can now reveal that the man behind it was none other than Yorick Evans-Freke from Castlefreke, who confirmed he was responsible for the ‘Marry Me Gorgeous’ banner.

Speaking to The Southern Star while on holidays in Tuscany this week with his family and his new fiancée (she said yes!), Yorick said he wanted to do something bold when proposing to his girlfriend, Penelope Johnson, who hails from Montana. The couple met in an apartment elevator in South Carolina.

‘There is only one guy in the country who had the capabilities and the insurance to do it and I contacted the pilot through a friend of mine in Dublin,’ said Yorick.

‘We were on top of the castle in Castlefreke having a picnic that afternoon when the plane flew over us with the ‘Marry Me Gorgeous’ banner on it. It was indeed a surprise to Penelope and she gave me an emphatic yes!’

While it was a surprise to Penelope, Yorick’s family, including his father Stephen, along with Penelope’s family, who were visiting from Montana, were all in on it.

‘We haven’t set a date yet and we are just going to enjoy the moment, but we might get married sometime next year at the Castle,’ said Yorick.

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