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Take a leap of love

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:30pm

The dating scene can be a tough nut to crack at any stage in life.

Dating agencies such as Intro Matchmaking are one way many find it easier to meet a partner. One of the reasons Intro Matchmaking has been successful is due in no small part to the fact that nobody’s details are made available publicly, nothing goes online and the agency doesn't pass out photographs, phone numbers or surnames.

Intro say that there tends to be a dreadful paranoia that stops a huge number of people, that would be far happier in a relationship, from going out looking for one.

Online dating, dating apps, speed-dating and matchmaking agencies have become a part of a growing industry globally which has seen the topic of dating become far more commonplace. With dating, and discussions about dating, becoming very much a part of day to day life, even in Ireland, the stigma attached to admitting to proactively looking for love is starting to thaw. Not fast enough though, according to Intro.

While younger generations that have matured into adulthood comfortable with discussing dating openly, older generations are slower to grasp the nettle and get involved.

There are two million unattached people in Ireland, there is someone out there for everyone but fear of being found out is standing in the way.

Intro concluded: “Stop worrying about what people think. They don’t care about your love life, in fact they would probably admire and respect you more if you took the bull by the horns and started dating. Life is too short to worry about being talked about. Go forth and date, it could be the start of a wonderful experience!”

Intro matchmaking is a nationwide matchmaking service based at 24-25 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Phone 01-6777000 or log on to

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