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“We work to create a fun and comfortable environment for single people to have a relaxed time meeting up — whether it’s mix and mingle evenings or adventure weekends,” he said.
Hugh reckons his company is behind thousands of ‘matches’; hundreds of relationships and dozens of weddings.
And one option that has really taken off is adventure weekends such as the one on Inish Mór on St Patrick’s Weekend.
“We had 45 singles staying in the one hotel for three days and they were able to enjoy activities ranging from a treasure hunt to yoga, biking or a ceili or a quiz — activities like this take away from the fact that it’s a singles weekend and people can just relax, have a few drinks and gauge who they might want to chat to,” he said.
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Jonathan and Dawn even brought elements of Star Trek into their wedding.
As one ‘uniform dating’ site notes: “All professions are demanding, especially those that require uniforms, and leave no time for a personal life.
Not at all, laughs Jonathan, who has Irish (Dublin) roots himself: “It’s more like shining a spotlight on where you want to look.” He explains: “We have personal rules on how far we would travel for a job for example.You don’t usually go to a restaurant and just ask for ‘dinner, please’ and who knows where you’d end up if you went to a travel agent and just specified that you wanted to go ‘abroad’.And we all have dealbreakers in relationships - some would never pair up with a smoker; others would only opt for someone sporty or into off-beat travelling.Sites such as Farmers promise to help you “find a farmer, rancher, cowboy, cowgirl or animal lover” as it’s “an online dating site meant for down to earth folks only”.There can be a bit of a city perception that Macra na Feirme is a matchmaker for rural people.