Attention girls: Did this man fall in love with you?

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A CANADIAN dentist has travelled more than 8,000 kilometres to track down the love of his life, a Clare woman he met for just two minutes in Ennistymon more than a year ago.
Dr Sandy Crocker from British Columbia has put his life on hold for the next four weeks, as he takes an extended break from work to travel Ireland in search of his red-haired Irish beauty.
The love-struck dentist was in An Teach Bia in Ennistymon on July 9, 2011, when he noticed the woman who has captivated his thoughts for the last 14 months.
He describes her as being in her mid- to late-20s with freckles and redish-brown hair. Sandy spoke to her briefly before she left the cafe, but realised too late that he might have met the love of his life.
“We were on our way to the Cliffs of Moher that morning and we stopped in Ennistymon to grab a bite to eat. She was eating and I didn’t want to interrupt her meal so I waited until I noticed her leaving and spoke to her. I asked her for directions to the Cliffs of Moher,” he told The Clare People yesterday.
“I was leaving Ireland a day later so, at first, I didn’t see the point in pursuing things more – but after she left I decided that I had to. So we paid our bill quickly and myself and my brother started looking for her. We searched the town for an hour or two and couldn’t find her, so we went to the Cliffs but later that evening we came back and looked for her again for another two hours. But there was no trace of her.”
Back home in Canada, Sandy (pictured below) was unable to get this unknown Irish girl out of his mind. So he decided last month to return to Clare and spend a month trying to track her down.
“I went back to work and my life, but there was always a joke here or there from my brother about the Irish girl in Ennistymon. She never left my mind, so I decided why not go back and try to find her.
“Maybe it’s a shot in dark but if it is meant to be, if it’s fate, then I might bump into her walking down the street or in a shop somewhere. Who knows what might happen,” he said.
“It took me 15 or 16 hours of straight flying to get here so it’s a long way to come on a whim, but I guess this girl has been on my mind for a year so maybe it’s not exactly a whim. I’m not saying that there is only one person for you in life, but I think that it is so rare to meet someone and have a connection, so when you do meet someone you really should give it a shot. This was a missed opportunity for me so I think I will feel better after I try.
“If I meet her again and it turns out she is married to a nice fella; the kind of guy who gives her a hug if she is crying before he asks her what’s wrong, then I don’t think I would have a problem with that at all. But who knows, maybe she hasn’t found her person – it’s a 50/50 chance. At least I can say I gave it my best shot – no matter what way this turns out.”
If you are this woman, and want to get in contact with Sandy just visit www.pof.com and search for “Travel-bug-4u”.

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Andrew has been working in the media in the West of Ireland for more than a decade. During that time he has been shortlisted for many national journalism awards, served as a judge for the Choice Music Prize in 2008 and was part of the nominating panel for the Meteor Ireland Music Awards from 2008 to 2011. He holds an MA in Journalism and Public Relation and a BA in English, Sociology and Politics. He is currently working on his debut novel. A selection of his writings, including a number of new short stories can be viewed on Fighting Talk - http://fightingtalknow.blogspot.ie/ Follow Andrew on twitter: @Andrew_CPeople Contact Andrew on ahamilton@clarepeople.ie