Wednesday 28 September 2016

Joe Duffy caller disappointed with ‘unhealthily overweight’ date after forking out €549 to elite Irish dating agency

Published 17/08/2015 | 15:20

Maura, who is in her late forties, revealed that she felt “feeling foolish and stupid” after handing over the cash to the agency
Maura, who is in her late forties, revealed that she felt “feeling foolish and stupid” after handing over the cash to the agency

An Irish woman looking for love voiced her disappointment after she paid more than €500 to an Irish matchmaker to be paired with an “unhealthily overweight” gentleman who she had “nothing in common” with.

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Speaking to Joe Duffy on RTE Radio One’s Liveline, Maura revealed that she was very upset to be paired with an overweight man after spending €549 to be matched on four dates.

“I didn’t hear anything back from the first one,” said Maura on RTE Radio One.

“[The second date] was a waste of my time... I didn’t like the conversation we had. We had nothing in common. For me, he was overweight, unhealthily overweight. I was thinking ‘He’s at a certain age, he’s unhealthy, he’s going to need care’. I want to meet someone I can feel attracted to, make plans with and have a future together,” said Maura.

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Maura, who is in her late forties, revealed that she felt “feeling foolish and stupid” after handing over the cash to the agency who she believes pair clients at random rather than tailor their interests as promised.

“They promised me four introductions with four suitable potential partners. I wanted to know what in our profiles prompted them to put us together. 

“The second date... the only reason we were matched was because we were a similar age and a similar height,” Maura said.

“I was upset on the phone. They weren’t able to give me any information. I’m here feeling foolish and stupid.

“I could have had a couple of nights out myself with my friends.

“It’s disappointing. They sold themselves so well. The girl I have spoken with has left the agency so the people who are pairing me haven’t met me.

“You hand over the money straight away. I guess I’m feeling a bit stupid and very naive,” she said.

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Maura revealed that she joined the agency because she cannot meet anyone suitable in Dublin and does not trust her own judgement anymore after two long term relationships and one marriage in 25 years.

“It’s really hard to meet somebody in Dublin. I’m almost 50 years of age. Any single woman will tell you it’s very hard to meet someone in Dublin. I thought I’d put myself out there and leave it into the hands of professional,” she said.

“I sort of meet people and fix them up and then they move on I guess.”

“But I didn’t sit talking to an agent with their company for over an hour for them to pair me with a random man.

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“It sounds like a very random way to choose your clients,” she said.

Maura’s first of four dates with the agency was successful, although she did not hear back from the gentleman. Despite her disappointment with her matchmakers, Maura said she is hopeful that she’ll find the perfect match.

“If I give up my search and open my heart love might find its way to me,” she said.

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