Sunday 11 December 2016

We met in Coppers: The best love stories from Dublin's iconic nightclub

Published 13/09/2016 | 15:26

Copper love stories
Copper love stories
Meghan and Cathal met in Coppers
Maria met her husband in Coppers
Eimear and Ciaran met in Coppers
Maria and Ian met in Coppers
Melissa and Mark met in Coppers

Like all great love stories, these couples journeys started in a hazy night at a Harcourt Street nightclub.

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Copper Face Jack's have a launched a nationwide competition to find couples who first met at the iconic nightclub and after just a week, more than 150 entrants have sent in their love stories. We've teamed up with the club to share some of the best so far.

Melissa and Mark

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When they met: December 22, 2013

How they met: "It was the final pub of our 12 pubs of Christmas," Melissa says. "I was invited by my college friend Michelle to join her on her 12 pubs so after finishing up working in BT2 I met her in Coppers.

There, standing in his bright blue penguin Christmas jumper was mark. We chatted away for the night and that was the start of an amazing relationship. A year and a half later he proposed on The Palm in Dubai and this summer we became husband and wife at the age of 23 and 25."

Meghan and Cathal

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When they met: October 18, 2015

How they met: After matching twice on Tinder, Meghan finally caved and the couple began messaging.

"We chatted here and there, but it all changed one night when we both found ourselves in the big shmoke on a night out! I'd been out with my brother, who lives in Dublin, for Oktoberfest then onto a few other bars," she explains.

In a complete moment of madness, myself and my brother decided it was completely fine and normal to bring him along for the first time meeting a 'Tinder person'. We wiped the rice off our faces and soldiered on to Harcourt Street.

There, I met Cathal for the first time in person, big brother in tow. Poor Cathal. Somewhere amongst all the awkwardness one of us suggested Coppers! The three of us headed in and I genuinely had one of the best nights of my life. Drinks, chats and dancing! The three amigos! We stayed 'til closing and then headed back to my brother's house where Cathal slept on the couch.

We've been "official" since January. Coppers holds a special place in our heart. If I hadn't had so much fun with Cathal that night and realised that he was actually a complete gentleman who was obviously head over heels in love with me (who else would abandon all the lads on a night out to meet a girl and her brother?! ) , then I don't know if we would have met up at all. It was fate. Whenever I hear Westlife's When You're Looking Like That, it reminds me of the night that we met.

"Cheers Coppers for helping me find the man of my dreams, you're sound!"

Maria and Nigel

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When they met: August 1999

How they met: "A mutual friend introduced my husband and I last century," Maria explains.

"It was a brief introduction as I was catching up and chatting more to my old school friend about my impending plans to emigrate to Australia. I didn't make it to Australia after all as my future husband started emailing me in work (in Italian) and asked me out on a date.

For some reason, I was intrigued by this tall dark handsome Irish guy I met in Coppers who wrote in Italian (he was using a translation tool online). I'm Irish Italian and yes, it's true, Italian is the language of love.

We went to see the movie Mickey Blue Eyes on our first date and the rest is history. Well, that's amoré. We got engaged in Barcelona in 2002 and got married in my dad’s hometown in Italy in 2004. We have two beautiful daughters thankfully.

We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary this year. Would love to say Ciao Bella Roma and of course grazie Coppers for our grande amore <3"

Maria and Ian

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When they met: 2011

How they met: "College days were definitely the best days of my life," Maria reveals. "Being a true Pat’s girl, I’d go to Coppers as least three times a week – and meet the same old people there. But after so many lonely nights alone without that someone special it got pretty monotonous.

So, when my friend Siobhán suggested that we visit Ireland’s finest nightclub one Valentine’s night, I jumped at the chance.

I don’t remember anything special about that night (apart from Cormac from Tallafornia being spotted in the bar upstairs) or even what I wore. I don’t remember what anyone looked like or what wonderful conversations Siobhán and I had (and I’m sure there were a few in the toilets before we hit the dance floor) I do remember getting lost, and wondering where I was.

I do remember there being chairs lined up blocking off part of the smoking area – Valentine’s Night must have been a slow night in Coppers with all the couples on their dates! I remember finding a chair and dragging myself onto it. I didn’t think that that small action would change the course of my life.

I remember turning to my left and seeing a nice young man with black spiky hair in a white t-shirt to my left. I remember him turning his whole body towards mine and introducing himself. “Hi I’m Ian” he said. I definitely swooned – my night was getting better!

Neither of us remember the contents of the conversation apart from the fact that he told me about moving to Canada for a year and I told him about moving to London (which we both did!). Fast forward almost five years in February and we’ve just bought our first house together, and things are absolutely perfect.

I can’t wait to start our future together. I’m not lying when I say that he’s still my favorite person in the whole entire world. And I have Coppers to thank for that! Because of that we make time every year, usually February 14th, to return to “our spot” to celebrate our anniversary. I can't believe that Coppers is where my love story began! Thanks Coppers!"

Keith and Annelie

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When they met: 2012

How they met: "I met my now fiancée in Coppers nearly four years ago on a fine summer night," Keith writes. "I am originally from Cavan and decided to hit the big smoke with three of my mates.

We had a few drinks in your bar and headed on our way to Temple Bar where we drank our fill before going to Coppers. There I met my fiancée - Annelie Kavanagh - and life hasn't been the same since. I sawher on the dancefloor throwing some shapes and decided the best approach was to tell her that her dancing routine was, 'The worst I had ever seen in my life!'"

We had a drink and a smooch before she told me she had to go to the smoking area and left me dancing with her friend. I was there for 10-15mins and no sign of this girl coming back so I took the hint and did the awkward "dance off the dancefloor" dance and met the lads again before calling it a night.

The next morning I had a text back and it started from there. So we met up every weekend for one year whether in Dublin or Virginia.

A year into the relationship, we decided I would have to move to Dublin. We are due to nail down a wedding date in the next month and we couldn't be happier."

Eimear and Ciaran

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When they met: 2011

How they met: "Being a nurse, I spent many a Monday night in Flannery's followed by Copper's until the wee hours of the morning," Eimear recalls.

"When I turned 26 I was ready to find 'The One'. My Dearest Mother always told me "you'll never find him in a nightclub and especially in that Copper Face Jack's place!". So out to prove her wrong and with a bit of luck on my side that's exactly where I did find him!

It was the Sunday night of the October Bank Holiday and I was out with the girls for one of their birthdays. Near the end of the night I was out having a smoke with one of the girls when I was approached by this tall handsome beau who asked me for a light. Naturally I obliged and we were so engrossed in conversation we never noticed all our friends leaving.

Both of us being Southsiders, we shared a taxi home. I was patiently waiting for him to ask for my number but when he still hadn't by the time I got to my stop I was a little annoyed and rudely asked, "Well do you want my number or what?!" Of course he took it whether he wanted to or not!

We got married in 2013, with our table plan based on the clubs and pubs we dated in and of course the top table had to be Coppers! We have a beautiful daughter who's nearly two and another baby on the way in January.

Thank you Coppers for helping me meet 'The One' and more importantly thank you for helping me prove my mother wrong!"  

Coppers is offering one lucky couple the chance to win a romantic trip to Rome for Valentine's 2017 and are asking couples who first met there to share their stories. To enter, couples must share the competition post on Facebook using the hashtag #MetInCoppers and tell them their Coppers story on an online form.

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