Despite the thousands of tourists (Yanks) flocking to the Emerald Isle each year to find their own personal Colin Farrells or Laura Whitmores, us Irish folk aren’t really that blessed in the whole ‘dating’ (nee. Pity about us, we take the long boreen around, as opposed to the main road.
While us Irish do love filling our stereotype, this one truly kicks us right in the kisser. We get so excited at the prospect of finding a mate, that we down absolutely everything in sight. Feelings in Irish society are deemed as pretentious as notions and as alien as self-esteem. Whereas the rest of the world can bask in their black-and-white decision making glory, God bless us, we're a little on the grey side.
And with the speed-dating service ringing a buzzer that signals the end of a couples' time together, participants can relax knowing that they can largely avoid any awkward end-of-date moments.
But do the rules of attraction still apply in speed dating?
If you are Irish, Irish American, or of Irish descent, our Irish speed dating events are for you.
At our Irish speed dating events you could meet up to 15 single men and women just like you!
Why waste time on some jerk when you've already decided that you'll most likely never speak to him again?
We get together on a regular basis and have a great time. In fact, there’s every chance you’ve just woken up in a Nama-hotel bed wondering why you bothered chipping-in for a €200-a-night room (considering the fact that you’ve spent almost the entire stay asleep — waking only occasionally to prod at your partner, marvel at the volume of their snoring, and gently edge them back across to their damn side of the mattress).They’re planning to spend the weekend choking-back heart-rending sobs and cramming into their big fat faces, right?Two of our top-ten reporters infiltrated a Dublin speeddating event a few nights ago — one guy (man, I suppose) and one woman (girl).Our pre-agreed game-plan: We’d mention no names or other identifying characteristics of those we encountered; we’d focus on our perceptions of what happened; and we’d relay whatever we learned about the experience as honestly as we could (so others might benefit from our mistakes). It doesn’t matter how good a people-person you might consider yourself to be, only a sociopath would enter a speed-dating venue without a certain level of trepidation. These events invariably take place in a pub, so it’s pretty easy to become a littlerelaxed and forget that you’re going to be talking to 15 women you’ve never met before (some of whom you may even want to try and impress).