Jamie Kelly spotted Katie Moreau who was traveling Europe with her mother. He offered them up the free seats on his row of the plane and they started to chat.
The pair became separated as they went through customs and Kelly was heartbroken. The Galway man’s friends started the campaign #loveatfirstflight on social media and soon Kelly took to social media and national Irish radio to track her down.
Is your name Katie? Are you from Nova Scotia? Are you travelling around Ireland? Did you recently meet a young lad called Jamie? #findkatie— Niamh Hassell (@niamhhassell) August 1, 2014
His #FindKatie campaign worked and Moreau said she was “surprised and flattered” when news of his romantic search reached her. She told CBC News “When I was on the plane I talked to him incessantly because I had just been traveling for two months in Italy and Spain and it was just so nice to be around English speaking people, plus I'm a talker. We had lots in common plus he was very easy on the eyes.”
Kelly wants to meet up with Moreau again and contacted CBC news to share his request.
He said “I originally looked for her Facebook and couldn't find her. And I went to the airline and they couldn't do anything for me. So then I went on the [Ray] D’Arcy show today and they couldn't find her.”
Unbeknownst to Kelly the message had reached Nova Scotia.
Moreau said “I never thought I would ever see him again so what a surprise after a couple of pints to log onto Facebook to all these messages.
“I find it very humorous because all my friends back home are losing their heads over it.”
She also admitted that when they were separated she had tried to search for the “handsome Irishman” with the “lovely eyes” but didn’t want to seem too eager.
“I suppose, in hindsight, looking a bit longer wouldn't seem as desperate in comparison,” she added.
The pair have been chatting online and plan to meet next week.