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“There are a lot of time wasters out there – internet dating donkeys, as I call them.
There are no forms or anything to fill out and you can just ask for somebody’s number or if you’re shy, get Ger to ring them the next day.” Shauna, a 39-year-old environmentalist went on a First Date dinner in early January and is now dating someone she met that night. I certainly didn’t expect to meet someone so quickly.“I’d love to be able to tell you I did but I’m still searching for her, but a few couples have already moved in together, although as it only started late 2010 it’s too early for weddings yet.” First Date supper clubs, which include a three-course meal, glass of prosecco on arrival and personalised matching service afterwards, costs €55.The wine dating, which includes €15 worth of wine, cheeses and personalised matching is €35.Premium membership, which is more expensive, offers specialised features such as pre-screen matches.Parship.ie, which charges €49.90 for a month’s membership or €29.90 per month for three months, touts itself as being specifically for people who are looking for a long-term relationship and uses an 80-question-long test to find potential partners for members.Ger Mc Fadden, an accountant, runs First Date ( firstdate.ie), which organises speed dating and other singles events.
She started the business to help her sister find a boyfriend.
“I know it’s fairly standard now and I do know a good few couples who have met online but there is still something of a stigma attached to it,” says Sarah, a 33-year-old nurse who signed up with Parship last year.
She has been on 10 dates and dated one guy for two months and another for four.
My advice is two or three emails over and back and after that you should be looking to meet up.
After that, move on.” Twitter and Facebook have made posting pictures and personal information online the social norm, but few online daters were willing to be identified for this article.
But people who are paying for the service are going to take dating more seriously.” Singles events have gained currency, as a way to meet new people in a social setting that doesn’t involve spending hours on a computer, flicking through profiles.