How we met: ‘I fell into a river with my dog and Sam had to rescue us’

Eilís, 41, and Sam, 54, met in the summer of 2011 at a festival in Ireland. They live together in Kilkenny with their four children, cats and hens

In the summer of 2011, Eilís visited the Earthsong festival in Ireland, a small off-grid gathering with lots of singing and music. “There was no electricity, and we were all cooking on an open fire,” she remembers. “I spotted Sam a few times but didn’t speak to him.”

Sam, who is originally from England but was living near Belfast at the time, had a free ticket to the festival.

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