A Donegal DJ took romance to dizzying heights when he proposed atop of New York’s Freedom Tower on St. Patrick’s Day.
Dressed in high-visibility vests, hard hats and protective glasses, Marty Curran and his girlfriend Linda Cribben made the 104-story climb for the spectacular views of Manhattan during their trip to New York.
Curran almost had to abandon his plan when he began to feel queasy close to the top of the skyscraper.
“We had to walk up the last three floors and I was green. I just wasn’t taking the height very well at all,” Curran told the Irish Examiner.
“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.”
Curran had arranged the tour of the highest building in New York with her friends who work at Port Authority. He even purchased a promise ring in his home town of Letterkenny before the couple departed for their Big Apple vacation.
The couple took a lift to the 35th floor, then a hoist to floor 80 before switching to another hoist to floor 103, before walking to 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 Curran.
After Cribben popped the question, the couple signed a special steel beam which will remain in the Freedom Tower forever.
The Freedom Tower, also known of One World Trade Center, is being built to replace the twin towers that fell during the 9/11 terror attacks. At 1,776 feet tall, it will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.