How one encounter at a sheep shearing event led to romance in Australia for this Irish man
If anyone is heading towards Victoria in Australia between now and Christmas, please pack a few bags of Smoky Bacon Tayto for Stephen Cullen.
"I miss the crisps and Barry's tea the most," says the Glencar, Co Sligo native, who is forging a successful career in the sheep industry Down Under.
It's a sentiment often echoed by thousands of fellow ex-pats worldwide.
Every day we hear of stories of how Irish men and women end up in remote parts of the world, but Stephen's tale is right out of a romantic novel.
Fourteen months ago he was shearing sheep at home. Today he and his Australian fiancée are running a sheep-shearing business on the Mornington Peninsula some 35 miles south of Melbourne.
"I met Emily when she came to Ireland to compete at the All Ireland & All Nations Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championships last year. We hit it off immediately," he explains of his decision to follow her back to Australia a few months later.
The move has clearly paid off: they got engaged last month.
"She was already shearing sheep out here, and I was shearing at home, so it made sense to set up a business together," he adds.