When the site became a major success, they added partner Mike Lloyd in 2003 and rebranded as Catholic
IN the world of online dating agencies where first, second and last chances at romance are frequently promised, the guiding ethos of Catholic Match is simple and direct: ‘Grow in faith, fall in love’ is its website’s guiding mantra — a message that is clearly being heeded, given its one million visitors every month.
Headquartered in the small town of Zelienople, Pennsylvania, it began in 1999, when friends Brian Barcaro and Jason La Fosse launched a local singles forum ‘to help cultivate marriage and provide a vibrant, moral community environment’.
We would do mix of online dating and in-person events.
“Now, there are a lot of mixed emotions people might have about the online thing, but certainly there’s no substitute for face-to-face contact and that emotional connection.
For some, the prospect of filtering through dating profiles can seem just a touch too impersonal, while others simply cringe at the prospect of having to encapsulate all aspects of their personality in three paragraphs and 12 eye-catching keywords.
(More than half of all Irish POF users seem to begin their profile with the phrase ‘Don’t really know what to write here…’ while almost all seem to run out of hobbies once they’ve worked through the list of ‘socialising, music, cinema…’).
Luckily for some, speed dating is still a thing — events specialists Get are one of the largest companies on the go offering such singles nights, and they’re capitalising on the pre-Valentine’s rush with a raft of nights planned between now and 14 February.
The speed-dating nights costing between €20 and €29 per person; events in Dublin take place in either Cafe en Seine or Howl at the Moon, while in Cork and Galway the venues are the Long Island Cocktail Club and the Skeff Bar, respectively.
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.
Get owner Hugh Redmond told that January was always a bumper month.