Love at first flight’s Katie Moreau returns after Irish encounter

After making headlines around the world, a Nova Scotia woman is back home after a whirlwind love story that reads like a Hollywood romance.

Jamie Kelly took to Irish national radio searching for missed connection

After making headlines around the world, a Nova Scotia woman is back home after a whirlwind love story that reads like a Hollywood romance.

Katie Moreau of Riverport says her role as the lead in a real-life search for a stranger on a plane has been a whirlwind experience.

Jamie Kelly and Katie Moreau reunite for their so-called dream date. (Submitted by the Ray D'Arcy Show on Today FM)

Two weeks ago, Moreau boarded a plane from Barcelona to Dublin and sat next to Jamie Kelly, a Galway man headed back home. She says they got along great but didn't swap contact info.

They became separated as they went through customs and couldn’t find each other around the luggage carousel

That's when Kelly's friends started a social media campaign with the hashtag #loveatfirstflight  to find Moreau again.

It didn't take long for word to reach back to Moreau who was shocked, in a good way.

“It was great, it was nice to know as much as I felt the connection, he also felt it,” she said.

I think people just love a romantic story. I know I do.- Katie Moreau

Their story made headlines in the United States, Portugal and even China.

Moreau says emails are still filling her inbox.

“There's no words to describe. I just don't know how to feel about it. It's just crazy. It’s bizarre, that's the word I've been using. It's just bizarre,” she said.

The two were reunited by a national radio show in Ireland, which sent them on a date, including surf lessons, a fancy meal and limo service.

Moreau says she wasn't about to turn that down.

She says their first words after reuniting were, “Hi, how are you?”

“Everybody thinks we're in love but no one can know if they're in love in two days. So we'll see. I think people just love a romantic story. I know I do,” she said.

Moreau says she and Kelly chat online every day, but there are no planned trips to Ireland anytime soon.

Moreau will spend the rest of the summer home with her dog before heading back to Toronto to finish her masters degree.

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