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?With online dating, it is usually free to send and receive messages to other members on the website – however, you need to pay for a subscription to send on your contact details to someone or arrange to meet.You'll pay €144 upfront for an annual subscription to – and even then, you can only arrange to meet members who also have a subscription.They may be among the best paid in Ireland – but even TDs can't buy love.It emerged last week that one lonely-hearted TD has enlisted the help of the well-known matchmaker, Avril Mulcahy, to find his perfect partner.
) Come January, ads for the some of the biggest global dating service brands gradually replace those Guinness ‘White Christmas’ TV spots, while the same companies bombard news outlets with press releases aimed at steering casual daters onto the internet.
Although the lovelorn politican got in touch with Mulcahy around last Christmas, Cupid's arrow hasn't struck for him yet. About one in four of us is single – and many of us are turning to matchmakers or online dating websites in our quest for love.
One of Ireland's biggest and most reputable online dating websites, anotherfriend.com, for example, says it has almost 740,000 members – with about 10,000 Irish members joining every month.
I am Sharon Kenny at The Match Maker Dating Agency located in South Dublin.
I have been Match Making for approximately eight years and pride myself in matching you with the person that ticks ALL your boxes!