“She was eating and I didn’t want to interrupt her meal so I waited until she was leaving and I asked her for directions to the Cliffs of Moher,” he said.

“I was leaving Ireland a day later so, at first, I didn’t see the point in pursuing things — but after she left I decided I had to.

“Maybe it’s a shot in dark but if it is meant to be, if it’s fate, then who knows what might happen?”