A chance meeting for one half of the celebrity ‘Cheeky Girls’ twins who flew into Ireland West Airport Knock recently has resulted in a new love affair.
Monica Irimia has since spent a romantic week in the West with her Irish boyfriend, Tuam night club manager Darren Geoghegan.
The Romanian-born singing and dance star who shot to international fame with her twin sister Gabrielle on the UK TV show Popstars: The Rivals, is dating Darren since last June.
Flying back to London this week she revealed: "I met Darren in June and since then we have become inseparable.”
Their meeting happened by chance after a driver despatched to collect The Cheeky Girls for a gig in Galway went to Shannon Airport by mistake.
"We had flown into Ireland West Airport Knock and when the driver realised his mistake he phoned his good friend, now my current boyfriend, Darren in Tuam. He asked him to collect us. That is how we met purely by chance. Darren is so special to me and we just clicked instantly and now I don't want to let it go," said Monica.
She added that the two got on so well and she loved being in Ireland. “I have been coming over as much as I can, whenever I'm free and he has been coming to England to spend time with me.”
Monica is not fazed by the west of Ireland weather and finds the culture similar to Romania. "The two cultures are also so similar. Me and my sister have learned that Ireland has a lot in common with our country and Darren has taken me for lots of trips around the countryside in the west.”
Her twin Gabriela added: "The longest relationship Monica ever had was for six months so if she passes the six months with Darren then he may be the one," she laughed. We have had amazing times with the people here during our visits as everybody has been so nice and so welcoming. I will definitely be coming here more often, especially now that my sister has an Irish boyfriend.”
Donal Healy, marketing manager, Ireland West Airport Knock added: “We are delighted to have been able to play Cupid for Monica from the Cheeky Girls following her visit here. She is one of many celebrities who have passed through here in recent times who have fallen in love with the west of Ireland.”