But what of those who haven’t yet ascended to such a dizzying level of romance, companionship and mutual understanding?
In fact, there’s every chance you’ve just woken up in a Nama-hotel bed wondering why you bothered chipping-in for a €200-a-night room (considering the fact that you’ve spent almost the entire stay asleep — waking only occasionally to prod at your partner, marvel at the volume of their snoring, and gently edge them back across to their damn side of the mattress).
You are welcomed by a host when you arrive who will supply you with a scorecard and name badge.
If you’re early, you can enjoy a drink and relax while the other speed daters arrive.
This will repeat itself until you have seen all the speed daters.
It’s a relaxed way of meeting lots of single people in one night.
Our pre-agreed game-plan: We’d mention no names or other identifying characteristics of those we encountered; we’d focus on our perceptions of what happened; and we’d relay whatever we learned about the experience as honestly as we could (so others might benefit from our mistakes). It doesn’t matter how good a people-person you might consider yourself to be, only a sociopath would enter a speed-dating venue without a certain level of trepidation. These events invariably take place in a pub, so it’s pretty easy to become a littlerelaxed and forget that you’re going to be talking to 15 women you’ve never met before (some of whom you may even want to try and impress).
In other words — we went speed-dating so you didn’t have to. That said — it’s not quite fight-or-flight territory, more fight-or-hide-in-the-bathroom. Humiliatingly, organisers generally make everyone wear name-tags — but that aside, with such a volume of people you’re invariably going to find it difficult to keep track of pretty much any other personal detail they impart if you’ve a few scoops on board.
ÁINE KERRnavigates the social minefield that is Ireland’s dating scene, and meets the movers and shakers IT’S NOT UNUSUAL for motorists to criss-cross lanes of early morning commuter traffic in Melbourne, Australia to fix their gaze on a bus where people are acting strangely, standing up and swapping seats every five to 10 minutes.
The bus, it transpires, is on its way to a Victoria winery and, even at 8.30am, speed dating is already underway.
The Australians have become accomplished speed daters, with a growing range of options including tall-men speed dating, university-educated speed dating, toyboy speed dating and globetrotters speed dating.
It was recommenced by my friend Barbara who met her now husband 18 months through 2CONNECT matchmaking.
I have been on 3 great dates and the last one was the best!