Intro Matchmaking was set up by couple Feargal Harrington and Rena Maycock two years ago — and so far they have proved matchmaker to 3, people, from the ages of 22 to The success of their agency is down to a strick sign-up policy, in which they stipulate people can only sign up if they are serious about entering a relationship. The agency's "most heavily populated" age group is the group between 33 to 40 years. A major focus for both genders in this age group is they want to start a family. Men at ages 39, 40, 41 are now deciding they want to have kids.
"I'm too busy looking after the love lives of others to find my own Mr Right!"
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But just how easy is it to find your ideal partner? Professional matchmaker Rena Maycock delivers a few home truths…. The landscape has changed and singletons seem drowned in opportunities to meet their true love by going online dating where multiple choice rather than quality seems to be the order of the day ; braving the many speed-dating events or propping up the bar at the hippest late night hotspot. Old-fashioned matchmaking in Ireland has made a comeback with companies taking the responsibility for making relationship choices on behalf of their clients, organising each introduction and taking feedback afterwards.
The Irish dating agency that found love for 3,000 people
Many single people in their 30s and older find bars and clubs hostile environments in which to meet somebody, and can find themselves increasingly isolated and lonely as the rest of their friends pair off, settle down and have children. Thomas 35 was single for over a year when he heard about a matchmaking agency, Intro, and signed up. I had heard some bad experiences of internet dating, but I liked the idea of the introductions agency because it was very discreet.
We facilitate introductions for like-minded people, aged 25 plus, who are looking for a genuine long-term relationship, be that for companionship, romance or marriage. Research with single, separated, divorced and widowed people confirmed that many had a problem meeting other unattached like-minded people. We initially held singles events which allowed people to meet, mix and mingle.