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Romantic Conor Pendlebury braved tides and waves to organise a proposal with a difference on one of Ireland’s top beaches over the bank holiday weekend.

With heart-shapes etched in sand on the vast expanse of Inchydoney beach near Clonakilty in West Cork on Saturday, Conor dropped on one knee on a viewing point overlooking the spectacular beach to present a sparkling engagement ring to Becky McTeggart, his girlfriend of seven-and-a-half years.

And once she recovered from the shock, she said yes.

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Conor Pendlebury and his fiancée Becky after she said yes following his proposal. Conor conspired for weeks with West Cork Sand Circle specialist Matt Hart to create the memorable moment.

“She was shocked, completely stunned, emotional and a little teary-eyed, but she said yes,” Conor said.

After a round of applause from onlookers, the newly- engaged couple headed in to Clonakilty to celebrate with family and friends.

Conor conspired for weeks with West Cork Sand Circle specialist Matt Hart to create the memorable moment.

As the weekend approached, Conor’s nerves grew, but thanks to weeks of preparation, which included detailed analysis of tide charts and weather forecasts, the weather gods smiled on West Cork, and Conor finally got the green light that everything was in place for Saturday.

Matt and his wife had carved hearts into the sand, and written in huge letters, the big question, “Becky, will you marry me?”

Conor admitted that he was a bag of nerves in the moments leading up to the proposal, as he tried to get Becky to the viewing point overlooking the beach without her seeing the sand message in advance.

Conor said he had run his beach wedding proposal idea past Becky’s mother a few weeks ago. “But I don’t think she quite believed me until Becky called her on Friday to say she was going to the beach on Saturday,” he joked.

Conor, 26, who is originally from Clonakilty, met Becky, 27, from Enniskillen, in school in Enniskillen seven-and-a-half years ago, and said it was love at first sight.

“One night we went out and never looked back really,” he said.

Conor is living and working in insurance in Dublin. Becky, who is a classroom assistant in Enniskillen, is hoping to relocate to Dublin soon.

The couple is planning and saving in the hope of tying the knot in 2017.