Love can pop up when you least expect it and for Jessie Brown little did she know that visiting her granny would lead her to meet the love of her life.
Jessie and her partner Jordan Flynn got together when they were just 14 but went their separate ways a few months later.
But, as they say, when love is meant to be it will be and a year later their paths crossed again, with Mayo GAA ace Jordan asking her out in the most romantic way.
How they met
Both Jordan and Jessie are from Crossmolina but it was only when Jessie visited her granny that Jordan got to know her. Cheekily he told EVOKE how: ‘I snuck her across the road.’
Laughing, Jordan jokingly said: ‘We were together for a while and then she went her own way. She left me on my own for a while.’ Jessie was soon to jump in stating: ‘No, you left me.’ We’ll let you two work that one out!
After Jessie returned from travelling in America, the pair met again at a party when they were 21 and feelings started to creep back in.
Rekindling an old flame
When it came to making things official between them, Jordan decided to think outside the box. Jessie said: ‘We were getting together for a while and then, when you asked me out, you wrote it in the sand. But I thought you were joking.’
Giving a bit more clarity, Jordan said, ‘I wrote it, in a box [in the sand], yes or no. She just put a line through the middle,’ leaving poor Jordan scratching his head. But she soon put him out of his misery and four years later the couple are still going strong.
Living together and the boss of the house
The couple, now living in Ballina together, have taken on one big responsibility… a boxer dog who goes by the name of Kinzo. Jessie said their dog is the couple’s ‘baby’ and Jordan gushed that their evenings are often spent playing with the pup.
‘We’re only about five minutes from work so once we get home, our evenings consist of playing with him, going for long walks and getting up…He’d be the boss now,’ he said.
When it comes to GAA, Jessie has always got Jordan’s back. When things don’t go in Mayo’s favour she says: ‘By the time he gets home it’s not too bad.’
After a match Jordan tends will often ‘send a few strongly worded messages’ and Jessie is the first one he goes to. Over time Jessie says ‘you accept it.’ Laughing, she added: ‘I get the very first 15 minutes of it and then after that it is fine.’