Cliona Hagan: Country singer reveals she turned down date offer from husband Simon Sheerin

Cliona, a former music teacher who has taken the country scene by storm since her launch in 2016, says she was too busy for love when Simon first invited her over.

But the couple reunited and walked down the aisle of the wedding of the year in May, followed by a film crew who filmed everything for their next TV show.

And it could be the start of a new career for Cliona and fellow musician Simon.

Tyrone’s talent can’t reveal any details until the deal is done, but the laid-back duo had so much fun filming From This Moment On that they would host another installment of reality TV.

“When Simon and I were filmed, we felt very comfortable. They knew ‘us’ and how we are in real life,” says Cliona.

“There are some exciting things in the pipeline, and we’re looking at a few things that may be coming soon. Watch this place.”

During the year of planning their big day, the couple were filmed finalizing all the details, from the flowers to the food, and admitted to their near miss.

Cliona, a former music teacher who has taken the country scene by storm since her launch in 2016, says she was too busy for love when Simon first invited her over.

“It was five years ago when he said he would like to invite me to dinner,” says the singer.

“At the time, I was so busy and not in the mindset to date because I was focused on my career.

“When he asked me, I wasn’t ready at the time, but we laugh about it now.

“We are best friends with so much in common and we love each other. Thank God he came back.

On their big day, the couple married in front of 200 guests at St Mary’s Parish Church in Tang in Co Westmeath, then partied at Kilronan Castle in Roscommon, where one of their most memorable moments was was the first song by Simon singing legend Father Dan. .

Even though they had been together for three years and been engaged since Christmas Eve 2020, when Simon staged a surprise proposal on the shores of Lough Ree, Cliona says getting married has made a huge difference in her life.

Despite her success, most recently with The Dolly Songbook album and the sold-out Dolly Parton Songs Tour, she admits to having moments of self-doubt.

“I feel like getting married to Simon has put me on a solid footing.

“I’ve always been unsure of myself, thinking ‘do I have to do this’, ‘am I going in the right direction with this song?’

“Sometimes you think ‘what the hell am I doing?’ but I think everyone has those moments. Social media doesn’t tell the whole story.

“I always doubted myself and didn’t feel confident, but now that we’ve committed to each other and shown how happy we are and how much we feel for each other the other, it definitely made a difference.

“Having your best friend and cheerleader and someone you trust 100pc gives you the confidence to take the stage,” Cliona says.

The Cowboy Yodel singer also reveals the couple share the same laid back attitude towards life and give full credit to wedding planner Corinne Claffey Concannon for making their big day happen.

The couple initially wanted a barn wedding but opted for a fairytale castle setting, with a dress by designer Geraldine O’Meara who surprised them with a hand-sewn veil featuring their initials.

“Corinne was fantastic at putting it all together,” says Cliona.

“Simon and I are so apathetic if it hadn’t been for her, I don’t know what we would have done.”

He had worn the engagement ring for six months before finding the perfect moment to propose, confiding in close friend Una Healy that he planned to pop the question.

“He had kept the ring in his coat for six months. You can see I’m not snooping in his pockets,” the singer says.

“We were out with Una one night and he told her he was going to propose to me, and when he did, it was perfect. He’s so romantic.

The couple honeymooned in Nashville and road tripped to New Orleans and Texas, as well as Dollywood. Cliona’s unique voice and look earned her comparisons to the queen of the land and she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit her native territory.

“It was just awesome to see what Dolly Parton has built and the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee which are so beautiful and scenic.”

The 33-year-old is delighted their wedding plans have been filmed and says they will have hours of footage to watch.

One of the show’s most special moments is her walking down the aisle to Shania Twain’s You’re Still the One, the song Simon had played during his romantic marriage proposal.

“It was my make-up artist who told me to look at the assembly, all the people who were there for me and Simon.

“You always hear it seems so intimidating to walk down the aisle, but I looked at everyone who was there to support us and smiled at them and appreciated it all,” Cliona says.

Cliona and Simon: From This Moment On is on BBC1 on Wednesday at 10.40pm.

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