'The craic was unbelievable' - Blanch barmaid Ciara out for laughs, not love, on Blind Date
SHE'S up against a beauty queen and a make-up artist to meet the man of her dreams, and "feisty" Dubliner Ciara Noone has promised to pull no punches on the Irish premiere of Blind Date.
The 23-year-old, from Blan- chardstown, is expected to be one of the most dynamic guests when she makes her appearance on the new TV3 dating show tomorrow night.
Barwoman Ciara has been described as a lady "who doesn't mince her words", and viewers are in for a treat as she competes for a date with six-foot-five personal trainer Gary O'Grady (27), from Tallaght.
Ciara will face stiff competition from Jennifer Greally (24), a beauty queen from Tara, Co Meath, and Niamh McGrane, a make-up artist from Leixlip, Co Kildare.
"I'm always being called a little loo-la by all my friends, who think I'm mad, and everyone was laughing at the answers I gave on the show - it was so funny. But I was just me," said Ciara.
"I can't say if I won or not, I've been told not to give any-thing away, but all I can say is the craic was unbelievable."
Ciara, who works at The Vineyard pub in Blanchardstown, said she'd been in a long-term relationship until recently and, when that came to an end, she thought, why not live life with a dash of excitement?
She signed up as an extra for Vikings, playing a maid, and then, when she was out on a shopping trip with her mum, Catherine, Blind Date popped up in their conversation.
"We were in the Liffey Valley car park after coming out from shopping and Mam told me she'd heard about this show, Blind Date," Ciara told the Herald.
"She said, 'Why don't you go on it?' I'd loved being on Vikings. It's my favourite show, and I wanted to meet some of the stars, so I thought I'd apply for Blind Date for a laugh.
"When they phoned me up and said they liked me and wanted me on the show, I couldn't believe it.
"I rang Mam and we were in stitches. I didn't really want to find a man to fall in love with, it was just a bit of a laugh.
"I'm too young to settle down, to get married, so the show was just a place to have fun, and I met lots of lovely people and made some new friends."
Ciara said she could see how Blind Date could be the perfect option for Dublin women who do want to find a partner because men are outnumbered in the capital, so it's never easy to find Mr Right.
"I don't go out that many weekends as I'm a bartender," Ciara said.
"But I know it can be tough finding a good man out there.
"I've always been in long-term relationships, so I'm quite new to the dating world and I couldn't be bothered with those dating apps. I've wiped them from my phone.
"I've had some experiences in dating that have scarred me for life - sitting there and you have nothing in common and you don't talk.
"I don't want to settle down and get married, but I do know I'd like to meet someone who's fun."
Her perfect man is British bad boy Jason Statham.
"Blind dates are all very good, but it's nice to see the person before you get chatting. The show was amazing, an adrenaline rush," said Ciara.
"Gary seemed like a nice guy, but I can't say any more. It's been a blur and it's all a bit mad but I'd do it all again."
Catch Ciara on the first episode of Blind Date on TV3 tomorrow at 9pm.