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A fundraiser with a difference will be launched on Valentine’s Day at the Maxi Zoo pet store in Longford. At the special event, which will be held between 2pm and 5pm, Tiny Tim, a Falabella minature horse, will propose to his sweetheart, Teany, when he presents her with an engagement ring. He will then have to wait for her answer, and hope she doesn’t say “neigh.”

A fundraiser with a difference will be launched on Valentine’s Day at the Maxi Zoo pet store in Longford. At the special event, which will be held between 2pm and 5pm, Tiny Tim, a Falabella minature horse, will propose to his sweetheart, Teany, when he presents her with an engagement ring. He will then have to wait for her answer, and hope she doesn’t say “neigh.”

Tiny Tim has risen to fame in recent years following appearances on the Late Late Show and at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics, while he also entertains visitors at the National Stud. His girlfriend Teany, meanwhile, is known for being the smallest pony in Ireland.

The celebrity couple are remaining tight-lipped ahead of the event. When approached by the press at their field in Longford this week, Teany ran to the safety of a waiting bush, while Tiny Tim snorted at journalists when it became apparent no sugar cubes were on offer. However, sources close to the couple say they are keen to start a family, but want to tie the knot first and avoid ‘putting the cart before the horse’.

Friends of Tiny Tim – a hopeless romantic – believe he could pop the question by paraphrasing a line from Shakespeare: “Shall I compare thee to summer hay, thou art more lovely and more tasty...”

Plans for the wedding reception are still at an early stage. The event will involve a marquee and live music, but it’s understood burgers are off the menu for guests. Insiders are also speculating on the pair’s honeymoon destination, with the Curragh, Dubai and Kentucky all believed to be on their shortlist. But no matter where the newly-weds decide to spend their vacation, it is rumoured they will insist on staying in the bridle suite.

The engagement party on Thursday, and the wedding later in the year, will feature a raffle and collection for the Robert Bolton Fund. Robert suffered a post-operative cardiac arrest in 2011, which resulted in hypoxic brain injury. Because he is over 65, Robert is not eligible to be treated at any of the long-term rehabilitation centres in Ireland. His wife, Angela, started the fund in an attempt to have him admitted to a similar facility in the UK, where there is no age restriction.

“Robert is a young man, vital and vibrant in his attitude, and needs exactly what a person 20 years younger should get if he’d suffered the same injury,” she said. Robert, who worked in RTÉ, was also a musician and spent many years playing with The Swarbriggs from Mullingar.

Tiny Tim and Teany will host their engagement party in Maxi Zoo, in the N4 Axis Centre, on Valentine’s Day from 2pm to 5pm.