First Dates Ireland: One of the most awkward episodes yet
First Dates Ireland didn't let us down when it came to awkward moment but it also provided us with one of the funniest coming out stories thanks to Gary's mam.
We'll start off with the nice bits.
Cheeky chappy Ian from Finglas was matched with Gary the dancing hairdresser and swapped stories about coming out to their parents for the first time.
"It wasn't like I did have to come out," said Gary. "I was very out there, do you know what I mean? I used to be in majorettes so I'd be going around throwing a baton up in the air and doing a bleedin' cartwheel in the middle of the road.
"When I told me ma I was gay I was like 'I think I'm gay?' She was like 'You THINK you're gay?' I was like 'I'm gay!'"
Ian's family and friends weren't aware that he was gay so he had a harder time convincing them.
"I was so sick of walking on eggshells and talking about girls with me mates. 'She's gorgeous, she's this, she's that'
"The second I said it, it was like time just slowed down and everything that I was worried about everything that was holding me back just disappeared."
Both agreed that life had improved since they had been open about their sexuality.
"Isn't it like having a bleedin' heavy bag on your back and it's just... it's just gone. I'm proud. I'm loud. I'm out there," said Gary.
"I'm completely in love with the fact everybody accepts it," said Ian.
But at the other tables, some of the First Daters were having a terribly awkward time.
There was George. George tried to prove to his date that he was a feminist by praising the sandwich making skills of women everywhere.
Poor George ! "I only say she because men make bad sandwiches" resulting in death stares from the feminist gas #FirstDatesIRL— Laura O'Neill (@LauraON31181992) February 9, 2017
An extreme feminist and a farmer! This will never work, he'll get no sandwiches off her #FirstDatesIreland— Barry Nolan (@Bar_Nolan) February 9, 2017
"men are bad a making sandwiches yknow" when talking about women deli staff eeeeee, sweatin for him#FirstDatesIreland— ky ♡ (@_kyradical_) February 9, 2017
A few of the dates seemed to have been absent when the atlases were passed around during 3rd class geography. Camille thought that the Republic of Ireland was "the little bit at the top" of Ireland and Kerry was convinced her date was from Cork, even though he was from the opposite end of the country, Longford.
Can everyone going on #FirstDatesIRL get a breifing on the geography of ireland.please— Conor Hoolie (@Conor_Hoolie) February 9, 2017
"My geography wouldn't be the best" is putting it mildly... #FirstDatesIreland— Darren Regan (@DarrenReganDJ) February 9, 2017
Half-Icelandic Kari, who is vegan (and informed his date of that fact straight away) and has questionable taste in trousers, went on a date with Camille who tried to show her solidarity with his cause by explaining that she liked almond milk ("isn't it better than nothing?" and used vegan shower gel but she still ate meat. Still, she didn't fare too bad as Kari asked her out on a second date to a nudist beach.
Those trousers the Icelandic is wearing then he's a vegan and splits the bill like that.. cringe mate Goodluck! #FirstDatesIreland— Ciara Donovan (@buttons1121) February 9, 2017
A nudist and a vegan. Who'd have thought it wearing those trousers? #FirstDatesIreland— Gavin (@_Hatchy_) February 9, 2017
Kerry couldn't decide if she wanted to be a paramedic or a firefighter but thankfully, Dublin Fire Brigade was able to help her out of her dilemma with this tweet.
Awkward all round.