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Friday 15 December 2017

Hits and missus for sports fans with GAA dating site

Anita Guidera

LOVELORN GAA fans can find their perfect match on a dating website just for them.

The idea for came to web designer Dermot Lawless when he was watching his native Donegal playing Clare in the All-Ireland football championship in July.

Mr Lawless (34), from Ballyshannon, who met his own fiancee, Susan Heaney, from Buncrana, on a dating website four years ago, couldn't believe it hadn't been thought of before.

"Online dating no longer has a stigma and it makes a lot of sense. Now that many of us are no longer socialising as much as we used to, the opportunity to meet someone is not what it once was.

"With this site, people who sign up already have something in common, which is a great ice-breaker," he said.

In less than a week, the site already has more than 50 members, with most ranging in age from their 30s to their 50s. For a sport that attracts such a large number of male participants and supporters, females outnumber males on the dating site.

"There is such a thing as the GAA equivalent of a WAG. Some of the women who sign up may be more interested in dating a GAA player than in the sport itself, but, while saying that, some women can be even bigger fans of the sport than men," he said.

Mr Lawless chatted with Ms Heaney online for three months before they met, not realising that they were actually within two kilometres of each other.

"Susan was a student at the Institute of Technology in Letterkenny and I was working in an engineering firm almost across the road, but we had never set eyes on each other," he said.

"We went for dinner on our first date and then we went bowling.

"We were last to leave the bowling arcade we were chatting so much."

Irish Independent

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