100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Latest National news:
Labor increasingly likely to form majority government as Liberals descend into turmoil
Anthony Albanese and his senior leadership and economics team will be sworn in on Monday as PM-elect declares he wants…
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
Informer: Morrison bulldozed in the wrong direction, happy news for Biloela family
Confessing to a bad habit of "bulldozing" at the eleventh hour, and promising to change his ways, was not enough…
Kurt Mann's rolled ankle became a 'ticking time-bomb'
The 156-game utility has missed the Knights past four games.
Peter Dutton firms as next Liberal leader amid fight over future of the party
Dan Tehan and Karen Andrews both touted as potential challengers, but conservatives confident Dutton has the numbers to succeed Scott…
Sharpe double helps Cessnock to 28-4 win over The Entrance
The Goannas jumped the Tigers on the ladder following the victory.
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
Police appeal for help locating 13-year-old boy
Jameel was last seen wearing his school uniform on May 13.
From Jenny Morrison’s intriguing fashion choice to Toto the first dog: 10 lighter election moments
The outgoing PM’s wife chose a surprising designer, the French got sassy and Sky News struggled through election night

Couple who got engaged at Ed Sheeran gig on how dream proposal nearly didn't happen

By Sarah Scott

Stranded at the side of the road when his car broke down on their way to see Ed Sheeran, Ryan McNulty was fearful his perfectly laid plans were in jeopardy.

The 34-year-old was planning to get down on one knee to pop the question to his partner of five years Nicole Cairns when Ed was performing their song, the hit Perfect.

So when Ryan's car broke down while they were making their way from outside Strabane to Belfast, he thought the dream proposal he had been working on for months wouldn't happen.

Read more: WATCH: Highlights as Ed Sheeran wows crowds in Belfast

But fate was on their side in the form of kind-hearted taxi driver Barry who went above and beyond to get the couple and family to Belfast.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Speaking to Belfast Live, the couple - who are from Douglas Bridge on the outskirts of Strabane - spoke about the crazy journey to get them to the concert and the moment Ryan asked Nicole to be his wife.

"We were lucky it happened," said Ryan.

"My car broke down just outside Toome and we could not get a taxi to take us to the concert."

After calling round all the taxi companies they could, the couple - who were heading to the gig with Ryan's sister, brother and his brother's partner - didn't think they would ever make it to Belfast.

Then the phone rang and it was Barry, the taxi man who unknowingly saved the proposal and went above and beyond to get them to the gig.

"He called back and said he had another job in Antrim but he could drop us there and then come back for us," said Ryan.

"He picked us up from our car and said the only way he could do it was to leave us in Antrim, do his other job and come back.

"We were not sure if he would come back or not."

Ryan added: "He took us and did not want any money, we insisted on paying though. He was a real nice man.

"Only for him it would not have happened."

So Barry picked everyone up, dropped them in Antrim and while they were there waiting for over an hour, they all got ready for the gig so they could head straight there once they arrived in Belfast.

True to his word, Barry collected them in Antrim and brought them straight to their hotel in Belfast. They dropped off the bags and headed to Boucher Road Playing Fields on Friday.

Nerves started to set in for Ryan as it was finally time, the proposal he had been planning for months and months, ever since he bought tickets while on a stag do in Liverpool last year.

"If you look at the video I think I reach for the wrong hand and everything, it was the nerves," said Ryan.

"That song Perfect, that's our song and when that song came on, my sister had the ring and she gave me it and that was it."

But due to the drama on the way to the gig, all of their phones had run out of battery from calling around taxi companies and it was thanks to kind members of the public that the special moment was captured on camera.

The couple said they were over the moon that others had managed to get pictures and video of the proposal and said their phones have not stopped ringing since.

Nicole said she was still in shock but added: "After the car breaking down and everything , Friday the 13th wasn't so bad after all."

If you have any pictures or footage of the proposal, please email sarah.scott@reachplc.com and everything will be sent on to the couple.

Read more: Mum on moment Ed Sheeran sang happy birthday to her son, 6, at Belfast gig

Read more: Concert promoter issues apology and advice to Belfast fans attending Ed Sheeran

To get the latest breaking news straight to your inbox, sign up to our free newsletter.

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.