Photo: Elaine Hill " data-medium-file=" data-large-file=" class=" wp-image-3986" src=" alt="Eamon Mc Auley" width="129" height="155" srcset=" sizes="(max-width: 129px) 100vw, 129px" / A new dating agency has popped up in Belfast.
And owner of Unique Dating Agency Eamon Mc Auley says he’s hoping to provide a “service missing in Northern Ireland for genuine, honest people looking for help in the dating scene, for people of all sexualities”.
Nope, it is in fact Macra na Feirme, an "organisation for young people between the ages of 17 and 35 who are interested in getting involved in sports, travel, drama, debating, or just want to meet new people and have some fun! Upcoming events that south-west singletons may be interested in include a local Who's Got Talent comp in Kerry, or a pub table quiz in Sligo.
"Macra president James Healy spoke on on Today Show, and said that Macra is a vital organisation in rural Ireland, and in particular the love lives of it inhabitants.“Plenty of people in my own club would be ‘Macra babies’ as we like to title them" he said.“It’s the unofficial dating agency of rural Ireland. Put on your glad rags and if you're lucky you'll meet the country man - or lady - of your dreams...
A recent survey found that 72% of people in Northern Ireland find meeting the right type of person to be the biggest dating challenge.
Unique Dating Agency is all about the personal touch and offers professionals in Northern Ireland a bespoke matchmaking service, for all sexualities.
The company, Elect Club, claimed to have the ‘largest private database of single professionals in London’, including business leaders and entrepreneurs.
On its website, it boasted of being ‘the number one dating agency in the UK’ with branches in several major cities.‘Elect Club is an exclusive social network for attractive, dynamic, eligible professionals looking for a serious relationship,’ it said.
Maybe it's because the Wi Fi in the countryside is absolutely shocking, or maybe rural Irish guys and gals are actually bothered to get off their phones and meet real people, because apparently Tinder isn't the dating trend.By 2005, it had become the number one online service for single Catholics with membership across the world, including the UK, Australia, the Philippines, much of Europe, including Ireland.“What differentiates Catholic Match from other dating sites like e Harmony or is that we provide a uniquely Catholic experience,” she explained.IN the world of online dating agencies where first, second and last chances at romance are frequently promised, the guiding ethos of Catholic Match is simple and direct: ‘Grow in faith, fall in love’ is its website’s guiding mantra — a message that is clearly being heeded, given its one million visitors every month.Headquartered in the small town of Zelienople, Pennsylvania, it began in 1999, when friends Brian Barcaro and Jason La Fosse launched a local singles forum ‘to help cultivate marriage and provide a vibrant, moral community environment’.