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So what are the options for Irish people looking to find someone to love, date, or even just to distract them from the fact that it’s still winter?
Is everyone going online, or are more traditional forums the best option?
takes a look at the options — and the costs involved…
Online, the old reliable Plenty of Fish remains ever-popular in the Irish dating world.
“So far as I know we’re the only service to have the policy that we only offer membership to people if we think they’re suitable and that there’s a high likelihood we’ll find a match — so for some people that might be a big plus.
“We also maintain a 50-50 balance of membership, something most agencies cannot do — and it’s difficult to do too.
people who are single look to start afresh after a month of socialising and family get-togethers in December (who has time to find a soul-mate when there’s office Kris Kringle presents to buy?
“It seems people wake up after the hangover and burst out of the gates — so we’ve a lot of events planned for the next few weeks.
For some, the prospect of filtering through dating profiles can seem just a touch too impersonal, while others simply cringe at the prospect of having to encapsulate all aspects of their personality in three paragraphs and 12 eye-catching keywords.
(More than half of all Irish POF users seem to begin their profile with the phrase ‘Don’t really know what to write here…’ while almost all seem to run out of hobbies once they’ve worked through the list of ‘socialising, music, cinema…’).
Luckily for some, speed dating is still a thing — events specialists Get are one of the largest companies on the go offering such singles nights, and they’re capitalising on the pre-Valentine’s rush with a raft of nights planned between now and 14 February.
The speed-dating nights costing between €20 and €29 per person; events in Dublin take place in either Cafe en Seine or Howl at the Moon, while in Cork and Galway the venues are the Long Island Cocktail Club and the Skeff Bar, respectively.