Ulster Rugby's Tommy Bowe engaged to Miss Wales Lucy Whitehouse
Published 22/04/2014 | 11:54
Ulster Rugby star Tommy Bowe is officially off the market.
Hearts are breaking as it has been confirmed that the 30-year-old Ravenhill legend is to follow in the footsteps of his Ireland team-mates Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy and walk down the aisle after proposing to his girlfriend Lucy Whitehouse.
The couple have been together for three years and got engaged over the Easter weekend.
The Monaghan man, who was born in Craigavon, Co Armagh, is popular with the ladies not only for his impressive skills on the pitch, but also his good looks.
And last night on Facebook and Twitter Bowe's admirers reacted to the couple's good news in a good-natured and tongue-in-cheek fashion.
"Tommy bowe engaged! :( my life is over!" one devastated woman wrote on Twitter.
Another added: "Tommy Bowe got engaged............Sorry WHAT?!?! #Devo #ButCongratsIsuppose"
One of his 40,000 Facebook fans said: "Congratulations on your engagement Tommy. I'll still be drooling mind you!! Lol"
Meanwhile, the glamorous girls at Belfast's In Magazine were also quick to pine over the Ulster Rugby player and offer their congratulations.
"I'm sure we will all agree that Lucy is one lucky lady," their social media account team wrote.
Cardiff-born Lucy, a former Miss Wales, announced the news on her social networking page and posted a picture online including a snap of a dazzling diamond engagement ring.
In recent times the 30-year-old has put her modelling career on the back-burner to focus on a full-time nursing career.
Bowe spent several years living in Wales while playing for Ospreys, and the couple met in a Cardiff nightclub in March 2011 after being introduced through mutual friends.
The couple managed to keep up a long distance relationship for several months, but Lucy decided to move to Ireland to live with her other half more than two years ago.
The former Royal School Armagh pupil once joked their romance was like that of sitcom couple Gavin and Stacey, because Lucy is originally from the female star's hometown of Barry.
Fans are now wondering where the winger and his bride will walk down the aisle.
It is not yet known if they will host the occasion in Lucy's home country of Wales, or if they will pick a location in Ireland.
It has been reported that the couple are considering a string of popular resorts here for the perfect wedding venue, including the exclusive Castle Leslie. D'Arcy and Aoife Cogan hosted a lavish reception for their nuptials at the hotel in summer 2012.