Wedding band for Crystal Swing star

Dervla Burke takes centre-stage from Mary and Derek in the video from their version of 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'.

Just one more day till Dervla Burke, one third of popular Cork group Crystal Swing, gets married — and her mother has gone on air to reveal what she really thinks of her future son-in-law.

“Tim is absolutely lovely. He’s lovely and his family are absolutely lovely. The parents are lovely, all his sisters are lovely, they’re a lovely, lovely family,” said Dervla’s mother Mary Murray-Burke, speaking to Dave Fanning on RTÉ Radio 1.

In the run-up to her marriage tomorrow to Tim O’Connor, from Ballyvodac, Dervla spoke about their compatibility.

“We do click. I do think we’re meant to be together and we make each other happy so it’s all good,” said Dervla, who revealed that she was the one who initially asked Tim out, through a Facebook message.

However, the reins were firmly back in the would-be groom’s hands on the couple’s third anniversary — he got down on one knee and popped the question at the luxurious Ashford Castle in Mayo.

“It’s just stunning there and of course I didn’t have an absolute iota what was going on and I was just amazed by the beauty of the place and he had gone to my father first and he asked for my dad’s permission,” said Dervla.

Wedding band for Crystal Swing star

“He got down on one knee and he went to all lengths to make it as special as possible. It was an amazing moment.”

Dervla’s mum, Mary, admits that she finds Tim “easy on the eye” and said: “I’m really proud that Dervla’s marrying Tim. They just seem to gel so well, the two of them. They’re very compatible, they’re very calm, the two of them, laid back.”

The pair plan to tie the knot tomorrow at the Church of St John the Baptist in Lisgoold followed by a reception at the Midleton Park Hotel.

Not ones to do things by halves, the couple confirmed their wedding would be filmed for television, but remained tight-lipped about the exact details.

“I can’t give away too much information, I can’t, but yes the wedding is being filmed, that’s all I can say, I’m not going saying what’s happening but it’s a very exciting project and the whole wedding has a very exciting theme to it,” said the bride-to-be.

“I am very, very relaxed. Last week I have to say I was a small little bit stressed. You know there’s a lot happening at the moment in our lives but this week I’m very relaxed.


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