“It can take a lot of courage and the social rejection can be cruel at times.
If somebody gets rejected again and again, it can really affect their confidence and sense of self worth,” she says.
“A few of my friends had been on dating websites, but I didn’t like the idea of being in a shop window where everybody could look at your photo.
Keating advises women to “be kinder” to men who approach them, even if they’re uninterested.“I wonder how it would be if women had to make the initial icebreaking move.“Intro is an internet dating site – in fact it’s the opposite,” she says.“We meet all of our clients face-to-face, we complete a detailed profile for them and, on that basis, we arrange suitable matches, going so far as to actually arrange the dates rather than passing along personal information such as phone numbers.” The main difference between matchmaking agencies and online dating sites, according to Maycock, is that the agencies accept only those who are actually available and looking for a relationship.The cost of standard membership at Two’s Company is €595 for six months which also includes a meeting with the agency and the guarantee of a minimum of four introductions.
They may be among the best paid in Ireland – but even TDs can't buy love.It emerged last week that one lonely-hearted TD has enlisted the help of the well-known matchmaker, Avril Mulcahy, to find his perfect partner.Although the lovelorn politican got in touch with Mulcahy around last Christmas, Cupid's arrow hasn't struck for him yet. About one in four of us is single – and many of us are turning to matchmakers or online dating websites in our quest for love.“I was very apprehensive doing it but I’m really glad I did.It was an amazing experience overall and the kick up the arse I needed to get back dating again,” he says.Today Intro has members on its books ranging in age from 22 to 79.