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A Waterford man who's taking makeup lessons to help his wife melted hearts on the Late Late

“I’m getting on so well with the lessons I’m thinking about giving them now.”

EARLIER IN THE week, this tweet telling the sweet story of an Irish man taking makeup lessons to help his wife tugged at the heartstrings of thousands of people:

The couple were not named, but the Late Late Show managed to identify them as Mona and Des Manahan from Waterford.

Mona and Des were joined on the show by Rosie O’Driscoll, the makeup artist who is giving Des his lessons in the local branch of Debenhams.

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Rosie explained how it all came about:

A couple of weeks ago Mona came in to me looking for advice about makeup… You see, Mona is kind of losing her sight. She will lose her sight eventually, we don’t know when. Des just took the brushes off me and started doing her makeup.

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“Actually, I’m getting on so well with [the lessons] I’m thinking of giving them now,” Des joked. And he’s certainly developed some opinions on how things should be done:

I have a thing about eyebrows, Ryan. Watching some people on television, I complain about how they’re not quite even. But you see I made this comment, full of myself, this afternoon when there was some makeup being applied. I was told: Eyebrows are supposed to be sisters, not twins.

Mona herself is delighted with having someone to do her makeup for her – she said she was “always a bit afraid” of it, but Rosie showed her how to achieve a natural look.

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She met Des in 1952, and it seems like he’s always been a bit of a romantic:

I thought I would try and woo her with a song, which at that time was Nat King Cole’s They Try To Tell Us We’re Too Young. I tried and tried, right through from July until December when I don’t think she could stand me singing it any more.

What a lovely couple. You can watch the full interview here – we dare you not to shed a wee tear.

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