Monday 26 August 2019

There's so many ways to help find your perfect match

Dating websites
Dating websites

Anna Coogan

Anna Coogan on some ways to find love

DATING WEBSITES

www.themeetingpoint.ie Easy to use, and has a section for mature singles as well as a gay dating site.

www.be2.ie Used by over 30 million singles looking for love in more than 37 countries on six continents and in 12 different languages.

www.parship.ie Popular with people over 40, and claims to have 51 per cent/ 49 per cent male/female distribution, a 38 per cent success rate, and that 52 per cent of the people who use it are college graduates.

www.anotherfriend.com Gives a clear breakdown of the numbers of singles using the site in your county – it claims hundreds of thousand of users nationwide.

www.plentymorefish.ie Around as an online dating site since 2002, and registration is free, but certain parts of the site will be charged for. The Naughty Pond has adult content and is for 'open-minded fish' only.

www.maybefriends.com The site boasts a number of marriages, and thousands more relationships each year. A 56 per cent male and 44 per cent female audience, and in the past has been considered a predominantly Dublin-based site.

DATING SERVICES

Two's Company is a dating and introduction agency based in Dun Laoghaire. It offers a confidential introduction service to find perfect partners and soulmates for members who are unattached or single. www.twoscompany.ie

It's Just Lunch (IJL) describes itself as "the original dating service for busy professionals looking for love." The company will set you up to meet someone face-to-face on a lunch date, or for a drink after work. www.itsjustlunchdublin.com

Intro Matchmaking is a professional face-to-face dating agency that offers Irish singles "an honest, open and stress-free alternative to online dating websites, personal dating ads and the pub dating scene." www.intro.ie

Knock Marriage Introductions is a branch of Catholic Action, and it is presumed all applicants are free to marry and are seeking a Catholic marriage. The strictest privacy is guaranteed, and all correspondence is forwarded by post in plain sealed envelopes. www.knockmarriageintroductions.com

Twoheartsmeet is an introduction and dating agency aiming to help single, separated, widowed, and divorced men and women in Munster to find that special someone without turning to the internet to do so. Also holds workshops to train people in the skills of dating. www.twoheartsmeet.ie

SPEED DATING

Speed dating allows you meet up to 200 single people in one night – and they all want to meet you as much as you want to meet them. Upcoming speed dating events are due to take place in Cafe en Seine in Dublin, Costigans Bar in Cork, and The Skeff Bar and Kitchen in Galway. www.getout.ie

Speed dating in Munster with Velo Promotions is geared mainly towards graduates, professional and mature people who have no time to waste in noisy pubs and clubs looking for a partner. They provide a suitable venue, with soft lighting and suitable background music. www.speeddatingirl.com

DINNER DATING

Rather than a dating service, Dine to Meet describes itself as "more a facilitator for getting groups of like-minded people together to enjoy each other's company while savouring a great meal." www.dinetomeet.ie

MysteryDates Dinner offers singletons a chance to meet and chat intimately with fellow singles over food. MysteryDates selects the restaurants so you enjoy a relaxed evening with good food and good company. www.mysterydates.ie

DATING APPS

Tinder is the dating app du jour, on which you upload a photo of yourself and, should you like the look of someone else's photo, well then you swipe to the right – while swiping to the left means you're uninterested – and if they also like the look of you – and because you're in the same locality – you can hook up pretty much immediately. Tinder has teamed up with Amnesty International to show that it is not superficial, and that now women have the power to choose how they live their life. www.gotinder.com

Grindr, launched in 2009, is now the most popular all-male location-based social network. With more than four million guys in 192 countries – and approximately 10,000 more new users downloading the app every day – you'll always find a new date, buddy, or friend on Grindr. It uses location-based services to show you the possibilities closest to where you are. www.grindr.com

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