Crystal Swing’s Derek proposes with Santa’s help

Derek Burke proposes to Claire McAuliffe as Santa watches.

Christmas came early for Crystal Swing star Derek Burke, after he enlisted the help of Santa Claus to propose to his long-term girlfriend.

The 25-year-old chose a singularly festive setting in which to pop the question to Claire McAuliffe — surprising his partner on a visit to Santa at Bunratty Folk Park in Clare.

The singer, who performs in the Cork family band with sister Dervla, 24, and mother Mary, 52, has been inundated by well-wishers since announcing his engagement to Claire, from Midleton, Co Cork.

The ‘He Drinks Tequila’ star said: “Well after the best three years I’ve finally popped the question to the best girlfriend ever and she said yes. Even had the backing of Santa and he helped me through the big moment. Thanks to all in Bunratty for making it so special and [the] best thing is Claire McAuliffe didn’t suspect a thing.”

Derek’s engagement comes 16 months after Dervla walked down the aisle with farmer Tim O’Connor.

Dervla — who is expecting her first child next month — led the congratulations to her sibling, posting on Facebook: “Congrats to my amazing brother Derek Burke and my new sis Claire McAuliffe on their engagement. Couldn’t be happier for them both. He’s still the same since he was a tiny tot always full of fun and making everyone laugh. May ye have many years of laughter and happiness together. xxx”


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