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"I was single myself for a long time and I was sick of Tinder and all types of Irish dating really.
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?
A growing number of dating sites serve Ireland, although the number is still comparatively small compared to countries like the USA and Britain.
PARSHIP is proud to be one of the first companies offering dedicated dating services in Ireland.
"So I started thinking OK what is a civilised [way to meet people], that takes a bit of the pressure off?
"I was already in the matchmaking business and from talking to people it was clear that people find it hard to meet others who are outside of their social circle.
It’s main advantage being that it’s absolutely free to use.
POF differs from some other well-known dating sites in that it allows prospective users to search for matches before setting up an account (essentially letting them ‘check out the talent’).
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?
) 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.
The service matches six single women or men (and also caters for LGBT groups) who dine together, having been matched by Mairead herself.