Love will (potentially) be in the air at the Killarney Avenue Hotel next month on Friday July 1 at 10pm when the venue hosts a speed dating night in aid of the Brú Columbanus charity in Cork.
The night is being organised by Causeway man John Martin Carroll who has fundraised – quite successfully – in the past for the charity which provides home from home accommodation for families of patients in Cork University Hospital.
John, speaking to The Kerryman on Monday, said that the night is aimed at those out there who are sick of using dating apps such as Tinder and trying to meet people in pubs and nightclubs and that he wants to give people a chance to meet someone in a new and different setting.
"There's a lot of single people out there and we're back after COVID now but it's very, very hard to talk to people inside in a nightclub and it's worse then for a guy like myself who doesn't drink so it's like being in a different country to everyone else with a different language. That's the way I feel,” he said.
"So, that got me to thinking and I figured a speed dating night where you can sit down, have a chat, a conversation with someone for five to 10 minutes and see what happens,” he continued.
All money raised on the night – a €20 donation is all that’s required – will go straight to Brú Columbanus, a charity that John says is very close to his heart.
“They have done so much for my family, friends and other relations. I always love fundraising for them,” said John of the charity.
So what will people get for their €20 on the night?
"We're all going to meet out in the front bar first, have a laugh, do the speed dating and if it doesn't work out for people, we'll head across to the Grand Hotel and have a laugh and bit of a dance and a bit of craic.” he said.
"The Killarney Avenue have been great again. They've given us their function room to use for the event, they've donated it for free which is brilliant. We have the room for two hours and so for everyone that donates - it's €20 on the night - they'll get two rounds of speed dating,” he continued.
"It's more socialising than anything else. It's not about putting pressure on people. It's about doing something different and I think change is good. That's the way I look at it. If you keep doing the same thing over and over, you're going to go insane so this night will be a good opportunity for people to mix things up,” John finished.
If you're interested in taking part in the night, you can message John on WhatsApp on 097 123 3251.