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Ireland rugby star Rob Kearney kicks off 2020 in style with New York proposal

Rob Kearney and Jess Redden. (@robkearney on Instagram)
Rob Kearney and Jess Redden. (@robkearney on Instagram)

By Breda Heffernan

Ireland rugby star Rob Kearney got 2020 off to a winning start after he popped the question to his long-time girlfriend Jess Redden.

The couple were in New York to ring in the new year when Rob (33) used the suitably romantic surroundings to propose.

Jess and Rob were inundated with messages of congratulations after Jess posted the good news on social media on New Year's Eve.

The 26-year-old wrote on Instagram: "Happy NYE from me and my hubby to be."

Alongside it was a photo of the loved-up pair in Times Square, with Jess proudly displaying her sapphire engagement ring.

Rob, from Dundalk, posted the same photo from his own Instagram account and wrote: "It's a Yes from NYC!!"

Jess, who is a pharmacy student at the Royal College of Surgeons and a fitness enthusiast, and Leinster player Rob have been dating for five years.

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Among those who congratulated the newly engaged couple was Ulster rugby player Jordi Murphy who said the announcement was "great news".

Former Ireland captain Rory Best also commented on the photo offering his congratulations.

"Delighted for both of u," he wrote.

Irish actress Amy Huberman, who is Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll, said: "Huge congratulations to you both!"

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