An Irishman has become the first person in the world to propose marriage on top of America’s Freedom Tower.
Marty Curran made the epic 104-storey climb to get down on one knee and ask girlfriend Linda Cribben to marry him.
Marty, from Letterkenny in Co Donegal, arranged the trip with friends working in the Port Authority.
But the DJ admits his love for Linda almost never soared to new heights.
“We had to walk up the last three floors and I was green. I just wasn’t taking the height very well at all. Linda suggested I stay where I was, but I couldn’t allow her to go on without me. In the end I got through it and I was so glad that I did. It’s hard to put into words what an amazing experience it was.”
Marty had arranged everything in advance and bought a “promise ring” at a Letterkenny jewellery shop before travelling to New York with Linda.
On St Patrick’s Day morning, Martin was told the trip to the tower was on, but could change because of the weather.
Martin had thought the best he could get was up to the 80th floor as the top of the tower at 1,776ft was still under construction and closed to the public — but he went a bit further than that.
Work on One World Trade Center, which replaces the Twin Towers, began in 2006 and will be completed at the end of this year.
The couple had to wear special hi-visibility jackets, glasses, and construction hard hats. They took a lift to floor 35, then changed over to a hoist to floor 80 and then another hoist to floor 104. They then had to take the stairs to floor 105 — the roof.
“I couldn’t believe it when my friend Jim turned to me and said we were going to have a very good view — from the top. Very few people have been to the top of the tower, never mind being allowed up to propose marriage,” said Marty.
Jim gave Marty his cue and Marty did the deed by going down on one knee.
Jim even managed to capture Linda’s reaction on camera and video.
Thankfully Linda, who met Marty when she was a waitress in Letterkenny nightclub Sister Sara’s 10 years ago, said yes.
The couple were also invited to sign a special steel beam which will remain in the Freedom Tower forever.
The couple have yet to name a date but Marty admits his love for Linda probably couldn’t reach greater heights. “Not unless we get married in space,” he said.
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