Samantha O'Reilly and Steven Cummins: Meet our ninth and final Red Cow Moran Hotel wedding competition finalists

The Echo Newspaper in association with The Red Cow Moran Hotel are giving one lucky couple the chance to win their dream wedding for 100 guests worth €6,000.

After hundreds of entries, we now have our finalists, and over the coming weeks we will be bringing you a Q&A with each couple.

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Get to know our finalists: Samantha O'Reilly and Steven Cummins from Ballyfermot.

How long are you together?

Eight years.

How long are you engaged?

Seven years.

How did you meet?

Samantha: We were actually set up on a blind date by our friends. We had plenty of mutual friends but didn’t really know each other.  We arranged to meet at a benefit night that all our friends were attending. We hit it off from then and haven’t looked back since.  

Who proposed?


How did you propose?

Steven: Samantha was really sick one morning and was lying there looking miserable so I had an idea to cheer her up. I brought our two girls out with me and we went engagement ring shopping! I had been thinking about proposing for a while and the girls helping me pick out the ring made it all the more special.  I came home then and asked Samantha to marry me. She was not expecting it at all but she said yes!

What’s the most romantic thing you have ever done for each other?

Samantha: I thought the proposal was so spontaneous and thoughtful. It’s also just the everyday things we do for each other.

What would your ‘first dance’ song be?

"I wasn’t expecting that" – Jamie Lawson

What would it mean to win this prize?

This prize would mean the world to us. We've had a tough few years and have got through it all together. We've had a lot of make or break hard times. We always come out stronger no matter what life throws at us. From dealing with homelessness to our son’s illness I just think that maybe we deserve a bit of luck, happiness and a chance to make good memories now with our family.

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