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'I met the woman of my dreams on a pilgrimage in Israel'

Eoghan Corry wasn't expecting to meet the woman of his dreams on a pilgrimage in Israel, but the Lord works in mysterious ways

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Eoghan Corry and his fiancé Orla Conlan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Eoghan Corry and his fiancé Orla Conlan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Eoghan Corry and his fiancé Orla Conlan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

The invitation did not come on Valentine's Day, which would have made this a better story. But it was close. Instead I received the update of our itinerary on February 14, 2015.

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I was pilgrimage bound, amid other travel writers, battle-hardened cynics who dwell in a swirl of departure lounges and hotel breakfast buffets, happier quoting the Life of Brian than the Bible, who were to join some religious group leaders in what we in western Europe call, with self-conscious exceptionalism, the Holy Land. Not a real pilgrimage, of course, because we do not dwell in the real world, but a sample itinerary tackled at speed.