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But this is definitely not the case, says keen Macra member, Lorraine Maguire.
Local Macra groups have organised events such as barbecues and sporting challenges — and some have offered Strictly Come Dancing or speed-dating evenings as charity fundraisers.
You don’t usually go to a restaurant and just ask for ‘dinner, please’ and who knows where you’d end up if you went to a travel agent and just specified that you wanted to go ‘abroad’.
And we all have dealbreakers in relationships - some would never pair up with a smoker; others would only opt for someone sporty or into off-beat travelling.
Sites such as Farmers promise to help you “find a farmer, rancher, cowboy, cowgirl or animal lover” as it’s “an online dating site meant for down to earth folks only”.
There can be a bit of a city perception that Macra na Feirme is a matchmaker for rural people.
Star Trek Movie director, JJ Abrams wished them well on their big day; and they had a two-feet-long Starship Enterprise model on a table at their wedding and some of the orchestral music played was from sci-fi films — but they drew the line at wearing Star Trek costumes for the ceremony.
Indeed, some of these can be pretty specific — maybe you can only see yourself getting serious about someone who can crack a joke in Klingon; or perhaps it’s gotta be a farmer who’ll do it for you; or maybe you yearn for someone with red hair.
“This service is and elite global matchmaking company for busy, successful and wealthy people who think nothing of popping to Paris for a date.
It’s a bespoke service that is for people who lead content, busy and fulfilling lifestyles but reach a point where they don’t have enough time to find that special person.” A risk that a less-well-off person might join this agency purely to meet a rich partner is pretty much offset by the €6,000 joining fee, notes Hugh.
And that applies to looking for love as well — some people don’t want to go to an international site and be presented with singles from everywhere.
So you might only want to meet people from Cork so you funnel or target your search.” Jonathan is managing director of a company which runs around 4,000 dating sites around the world and he certainly stands over his work — he met the love of his own life 3.5 years ago through a very niche site.