'I said it was a family emergency, but it was just the drink' - Meet the man who stood Ciara up on First Dates Ireland
One of the most awkward aspects of the first episode of First Dates Ireland was watching Ciara being stood up on national TV.
The pretty dental hygienist was left sitting by herself, drinking Prosecco, as Patrick Mulholland failed to show for their date on the new RTE show.
Speaking to the Sunday World, the 29-year-old Communications Officer for the Irish Defence Forces offered a fair explanation for his absence.
"I didn't deliberately stand the girl up," he told the newspaper. "It was a very close friend's 30th birthday and I was the designated driver for the night.
"I was chauffeuring people to the party. It was around 12 o'clock and the lads were pleading with me to have one drink."
Unfortunately, Patrick gave in to temptation and ended up at a party, which wrapped up at 5am. He woke up 20 minutes before his date was due to start at 2.30pm.
"I told the production company that I had a family emergency, but it was just the drink," he admitted.
Patrick added that he "did feel bad" when he watched the episode and saw Ciara sitting alone, and said he'd like to apologise for standing her up as his friends gave him a hard time over the incident.
"But then she ordered Prosecco and I said 'thank f***, I dodged a bullet there'!" he joked.
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"I am sorry but at the same time don't be ordering Prosecco on my wallet. If she is looking for a man then maybe she needs to downgrade her drink preferences!"
On a more serious note, Patrick told the Sunday World that he would like to ask Ciara to meet up again so he can make amends by buying her a bottle of Prosecco.