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Clare and Kildare are the most romantic this Valentine’s Day – while Dubliners are bottom of loved up list

Aishling Phelan

Published 04/02/2014 | 14:42

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It seems that couples in Dublin are the least romantic when it comes to splashing the cash on Valentine’s Day.

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Supermarket chain Tesco believes that Dubliners won’t be showering their partners with gifts on February 14. 

An analysis of the number of Valentine’s themed items passing through its tills last year showed that seven Dublin Tesco stores are among Ireland’s 10 ‘least romantic’ locations.

Customers in these spots around the capital were not interested in the Valentine’s goods on offer.

Shoppers in Jervis Street, Phibsboro, Clondalkin, Crumlin, Merrion and Ballyfermot were not keen on picking up the store’s range of cards, chocolates and assortment of flowers.

Couples in Arklow are Ireland’s most romantic shoppers according to the supermarket chain.

Kilrush in Co. Clare and Celbridge in Co. Kildare revealed themselves to be the second and third most romantic counties in the romance poll.

The majority, some 33pc, of Valentine’s cards are bought on February 13 at around 6pm.

Sparkling wine is purchased more than champagne for the romantic day.

When it comes to food, Tescos shoppers opt for steak, strawberries and cream as their firm favourites. 

Sales of Striploin steak increase by 30pc in the run up to V Day, while strawberry and cream sales increase by 15pc and 16pc respectively.

The Tesco survey has also shown men spend more on Valentine’s cards than females.

On average, men spend €5.35 on a card for their loved one, while women spend just over €4.

The retailer explained that more husband cards are bought than wife cards.

Shoppers in Arthur’s Key in Limerick and Paul Street in Cork didn’t get too carried away with Valentine’s treats last year.

Two spots in Co. Tipperary splashed out on their loved ones, with Clonmel and Nenagh making it on the most romantic locations list.

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