TV chef and cookbook author Clodagh McKenna told The Today Show on RTÉ One that she couldn't "be happier" about her engagement to boyfriend Harry Herbert and that they hope to marry next year. 

Speaking to Dáithí Ó Sé and Sinead Kennedy from her home in Hampshire in England, the Cork native said: "We are so happy, we got engaged about 6 weeks ago. We moved in together about 2 and a half years ago.

"When it's right it's right. We couldn’t be happier." 

Speaking about the moment that Harry popped the question Clodagh revealed that he brought her out into the woods at the front of their home in Highclere Park - where Downtown Abbey is filmed - and asked her to be his wife. 

Without hesitation, she said yes! 

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Clodagh went on to explain that while they hope to get married next year it is very important to them both that all their family can be with them.

"The most important thing for us is that my family from Ireland can travel here and Harry's got family abroad as well, so we want everyone with us.

"That is the most important thing. Even if it’s just a table in the middle of the field and we’re all together - that’s what is important.  We’re going to wait until next year, fingers crossed." 

Clodagh also spoke about what it is like living away from home and said she "sticks together" with her Irish friends. 

"Imelda May just lives down the road which is very comforting. It's so lovely to have her down the road. 

"And Laura Whitmore is in London. Aren’t we all so proud of Laura at the moment, she’s doing so well.

"We are genuinely all very close friends and it is the most wonderful thing about being Irish is that when you are abroad we stick together like packs."