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Slightly embarrassed at the prospect of admitting in a public sphere that I would actually like to meet a man, I’d put off signing up to dating apps.

But I’d had enough of weird, often obnoxious strangers.

Apart from feeling bad for them being socially impelled to take the initiative (with the exception of the rude ones who wouldn’t take no for an answer), I was struck by the arbitrariness of it all. You interact with the people who happen to be there, in the hope that one of them might be the sort of person you’d want to get to know better.

After the last guy – who stood uncomfortably close, smelled overwhelmingly of something like Lynx Africa and looked like his shirt was sprayed on from a can – strode back to his friends in a huff at rejected advances, I’d had enough.

Many single people in their 30s and older find bars and clubs hostile environments in which to meet somebody, and can find themselves increasingly isolated and lonely as the rest of their friends pair off, settle down and have children.

Thomas (35) was single for over a year when he heard about a matchmaking agency, Intro, and signed up.

About three years ago, I was sitting with a female friend in a bar on a frantic Saturday night in Dublin.

He’s been on five dates with five women through Intro, and even though “they were all lovely”, things “fizzled out”.Old-fashioned matchmaking agencies such as Intro, Two’s Company, Top Match, Singlelista and the Cork-based Two Hearts Meet have all spotted the opportunity to provide introduction services to people who are either fed up or too busy to keep trying.Rena Maycock (33) and her partner Feargal Harrington (29) from Kinsealy, Co Dublin, who were introduced by Feargal’s brother, set up Intro Matchmaking (intro.ie) in 2011 and have more than 1,000 members on their books.With thousands of gorgeous single men and women registered with us from all over Ireland, we can offer you a fresh alternative in your search for love.And, as part of the largest dating network in Europe, we have all the knowledge to make your dating experience a successful one.

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