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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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‘Men are a little slower to apply’ – First Dates Ireland producer

First Dates has issued a call-out for main daters for its upcoming eighth TV series.

Ireland’s most romantic restaurant will open in late summer 2022 with Maitre D’ Mateo on hand to settle those first date nerves.

First Dates Ireland is filmed in Coda Eatery at The Gibson Hotel, where 20 cameras “capture every month” in the first fixed-rig show of its kind to be made in Ireland.

To be eligible for the dating series, according to producers, you must:

  • Be over 18 years – the singletons who visit the restaurant range in age from 18 to 80+;
  • A permanent legal resident on the island of Ireland;
  • No member of your household, immediate relative (i.e. mother, father, son, daughter, brother or sister) are employed/have ever been employed by COCO Content and/or the Broadcaster (RTÉ);
  • Are not/have not ever been employed by COCO Content and/or the Broadcaster (RTÉ).

In a statement, producer, Robert Lanigan, said:

“We welcome all ages and love those people who are a little more mature, deciding to take a shot at love.”

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“Mateo, along with Alice and Pete and barman Neil, make the blind date experience fun and so easy.”

“The show is open to all genders and sexualities, so why not make a date with destiny and apply?”

“Men are a little slower to apply. Therefore, if you know a single man, give him a nudge in our direction,” he concluded.

Farmer John on First Dates Ireland

John, a farmer/qualified carpenter, was the star of one of the most recent episodes of First Dates Ireland in March of this year.

Ahead of the show, RTÉ2 described John as “a dab hand on the farm”.

However, now he is “choosing land over love” and is “focussing his attention on finding a woman”.

The singleton explained that the pull of work and farming commitments led him to put romance on the backburner in recent years.

Did he find a match on the show? Find out.

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