I met the love of my life at the Irish Harp… and then I married her.
As a former employee of The Irish Harp, it will always hold a special place in my heart.
My fondest memory of The Harp was during the months I was introduced to Jilian.
It was sometime during the Fall season when Jilian would come in for a pint of Smithwick’s and a bowl of chicken curry.
She worked at The Shaw Club Spa at the time and would pop in for an hour after work to hang out with friends and have a bite to eat.
We exchanged some small talk like I would with any other patron who came into the pub.
I thought nothing of it and would go about my day like it was nothing out of the ordinary.
I started to notice that she was coming in more often than usual.
She is good friends with Sandi, who was a co-worker of mine at the Irish Harp.
I will never forget the day, as I came around the corner with an armful of dirty pint glasses for the bar and there was Jilian, sitting in the second bar stool from the service station with her legs crossed wearing a burgundy top and khaki pants.
There was a very noticeable glow around her that day as she smiled at me and said, “Jesse!”
That was the first time I heard her say my name and it was unforgettable.
From that day on, Jil and I would talk into Sandi’s ear about the whereabouts and plans of each other until finally, Sandi got so sick of it that they planned to meet up with me outside of work.
From that first ‘date’ forward, we grew closer and closer to each other.
3 years later, we got married.
I will never forget the day I came around the corner and she said my name for the first time.
It was at that moment that I knew she was something special.
The Harp will always be the place where I met my wife and will hold that memory until the end of time.