Holly Carpenter: I think it's really hard for Irish people to meet someone these days
Published 15/04/2016 | 07:47
Last week I visited RTE where I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the new Irish version of First Dates.
I'm a big fan of the original English show, where two strangers are filmed on a blind date. The episodes are usually filled with cheesy one-liners, awkward silences and the occasional match made in heaven.
I think the Irish version, featuring Mateo Saina, is going to go down really well. The first episode had me laughing out loud and watching through my hands at the cringey parts.
I filmed an interview for the RTE player about my own experiences on first dates - good and bad.
It brought back memories of dates in my teens. I'm kind of glad that when I was younger we only had Bebo and MSN because dating is so different now.
I think it's really hard for Irish people to meet someone these days.
A lot of my single friends head out at the weekend with the hope of meeting a nice guy, but I don't think you ever find someone when you're looking.
None of my relationships started from a night out or began when I felt I was ready for a boyfriend.
I believe in serendipity and, as cliched as it sounds, I think everything happens for a reason.
My mum and dad met in a bar and three weeks later they were engaged. They'll probably kill me for writing that, but it's true. At the time their friends and family said it was too soon, but they're still happily married.
It worked out well for them, but they always said they would kill me if I came home engaged to someone I've only known for three weeks. I might act on impulse sometimes and I believe in love at first sight, but I don't think they have to worry about that happening.