Dating Advice: Ireland’s Top Matchmaker Reveals His Tips For Singles

February 11, 2019 by admin

Intro’s Feargal Harrington reveals his top dating tips and advice with our friends at

Feargal Harrington is the Director and Co-Founder of INTRO Matchmaking

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For decades, many love stories started under the clock at Clerys on O’Connell Street. In a time when text messages and social media platforms were non-existent, it was the perfect pre-date meeting point and it holds a special place in the hearts of thousands of happily married Irish couples. Today, traditional approaches to matchmaking and dating have changed rapidly. Online dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, Plenty of Fish and Grindr have soared in popularity and dating agencies like Intro have made matchmaking easier to access.

However, finding ‘the one’ can be a frustrating, long and difficult process. We spoke to Feargal Harrington, Director and Co-Founder of Intro Matchmaking about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the dating world.

Feargal’s Top Dating Tips

Feargal’s top dating tips include:

Be willing to travel
Make time for dating
Don’t be an academic snob
Change your expectations
Give the spark a chance

The future of dating – what does it look like?

According to recent studies and surveys, the popularity of online dating sites like Tinder and Bumble will continue to rise, virtual reality dates will become popular, and matching people based on their DNA and genome could be a thing.

But Feargal believes there is only so much tech can do and no matter how smart an algorithm is, differentiating between people who are just up for a laugh and those who want a relationship is difficult.

‘DNA matching is pure madness,’ he tells us, ‘I don’t think there will ever be an algorithm for a dating site that will ever work. If it ever could exist, it would exist by now or one of the multimillion-dollar companies would have bought it. Intro uses a client relations management system to track and facilitate the matchmaking, but seven humans make a decision on matches and not an algorithm.

‘Virtual reality dates are a no-go. Sitting in front of a computer screen gives people a false sense of security and confidence. They have filters on the screen to enhance their appearance, they’re more relaxed, making them funnier and wittier, but it’s not a true representation of the person. Take things offline, get out and meet people.’

Read all the details, including Feargal’s professional advice on that all-important first date by clicking here for dating tips and advice