Michael Freer was a young English rugby player on tour when he visited Dublin back in 1958. It was there he met a beautiful Irish woman named Bridie Fortune whom he quickly fell for at a dance.
The two hit it off and wrote each other letters when Freer returned to London. A couple of years later in 1961, he was working for the Metropolitan Police Force when they arranged to meet in London. However, Freer was called away on an urgent work call and their date was cut short. Bridie was left alone with two theater tickets.
The two lost contact soon after and Freer went on to marry someone else and settled down in Leicestershire.
He never stopped thinking about her however, and after his wife died he found his thoughts returning to the lovely Irish girl and what could have been.
Freer is now 78-years-old and he recently spoke to Newstalk from his England home about his quest to find her, which has included placing ads in the newspaper.
“I have always thought about her, yes. I thought I let her down quite badly,” he said, adding to the independent.ie, “She had bought tickets to see a film in the theater, and I didn’t get to pay her back.”
Freer explains he would love to apologize for disappointing her all those years ago.
So far, he has found three different Bridie Fortunes, but none of them have been the one he’s looking for. What makes things really challenging is he’s not sure where she was from.
“I assume she came from Dublin” he says. “She had dark hair and was very attractive. She said she had a brother who was a priest and that’s about all to be honest.”
For now the search continues, but it would be lovely if the two were able to reconnect.
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