The ‘Get Your Finger Out for PJ and Jim’ campaign, a fun venture sparked by jeweller Martin Gear on Valentine’s Day when he offered Radio Nova’s dynamic due, PJ Gallagher and Jim McCabe of Morning Glory the opportunity to give one of their listeners a €5,000 ring should they wish to propose on February 29th, keeping the age-old tradition of proposing on a leap year.

The triumphant victor was Deirdre Barry, who not only won the ring but bagged herself a fiancé when she got down on one knee and proposed to her partner of 19 years, Colum Battigan. Both are from Clonsilla and only four weeks ago welcomed their daughter Sophie to the world – so a busy month.

What began as a whimsical challenge on the airwaves of Radio Nova’s ‘Morning Glory’ show on Valentine’s Day, quickly transformed into a whirlwind of romance and anticipation. With the generous offer of a €5,000 ring from jeweller Martin Gear, eager participants flooded the station with texts and calls with heart-warming stories and captivating photos of their lonesome ring fingers.

Amongst the sea of contenders, Deirdre Barry, a payroll manager currently on maternity leave, and Colum Battigan, a financial advisor, emerged as the ultimate victors. Their love story, which began amidst the aisles of Tesco when they were 19, captured the hearts of PJ and Jim. Watch the moment below.