"We are putting a lot of money into the country" Mr Martin said."But the speed at which we can open these 30 pubs depends on how Irish customers respond to us".Of course, there are a whole array of dating sites out there, and many daters choose to opt for a pay site as a means of weeding out the time-wasters and window-shoppers.
takes a look at the options — and the costs involved…
Online, the old reliable Plenty of Fish remains ever-popular in the Irish dating world.
Mr Martin said designs overhauls of around €1.5m, along the lines of what has just been completed at its Blackrock, Co Dublin outlet, will be completed on each of the 30 pubs it plans to open in the Republic.
Having already bought three pubs in Dublin and two in Cork, his company is now looking at sites in Galway, Mr Martin added.
So what are the options for Irish people looking to find someone to love, date, or even just to distract them from the fact that it’s still winter?
Is everyone going online, or are more traditional forums the best option?It’s main advantage being that it’s absolutely free to use.POF differs from some other well-known dating sites in that it allows prospective users to search for matches before setting up an account (essentially letting them ‘check out the talent’).Several single people who spoke to for this piece said they had also turned to another free site recently — Ok Cupid, citing a more up-to-date design as one of the main reasons.For those looking for a halfway house between a full-service site and the real-world bar scene, the relatively new dating app Tinder has been proving popular with college-age and early 20s daters since its launch in late 2012.people who are single look to start afresh after a month of socialising and family get-togethers in December (who has time to find a soul-mate when there’s office Kris Kringle presents to buy?) Come January, ads for the some of the biggest global dating service brands gradually replace those Guinness ‘White Christmas’ TV spots, while the same companies bombard news outlets with press releases aimed at steering casual daters onto the internet.This unique space is filled with intrigue for the casual customer.Fowlers also have a dedicated IT Hub for all meetings, special occasion or a gathering catering for between 10 – 60 people and a private area is also available.Casual users are allowed scroll through several pages of profile before being told they must sign up to continue using the site.The tactic has paid off over the years — the site has a huge number of Irish users (a random search for 29-year-old women within ten miles of Wexford throws up 152 accounts, for instance — not entirely scientific, but it certainly indicates the popularity of the service).