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Aileen was promised support from Searchmate’s highly experienced team of matchmakers, and a guaranteed minimum of 15 recommendations.

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Many communities had their own professional matchmakers to make the pairings in the village or town.

While Ireland has moved on from those days, matchmaking is still a booming industry in the 21 century, at a time when convenience and technology is the name of the game, matchmaking companies provide a more personal investment opportunity in finding the one.

But the most important task on Sasha’s heart-finding mission has been her own search for love.

Six years ago, after spending a year as a single woman, Sasha was ready to date and find Mr Right.“I initially put myself on my own books.

One match-made date turned into six-and-a-half-years of romance, and now they are making the same thing happen for up to 100 potential couples each week all over the country.

Matchmaking is different to other forms of dating, because the prospective daters know that the person they will meet is genuinely looking for love, unlike online dating where people’s motives can be questionable.“As people get into their 30s, some of them lose their wingmen as people settle down, so we decided to become the wing men in a very safe environment,” says Feargal Harrington, who runs with his wife Rena, who have thousands of members on their books.Rena and Feargal were match made themselves by Feargal’s brother, and Feargal says that if he and Rena had been shown each other’s online dating profiles, they probably would have been very reluctant to meet each other.In the space of five minutes Louis life has turned upside down His mum is getting married to her boyfriend James, he's moving house and he's getting two new hot, gorgeous older step brothers Harry and Edward.Louis doesn't want a bar of any of it, he doesn't want new older brothers or a new dad and he especially doesn't want to be bossed around by any of them.I was ready to send my profile out to 12 men,” she explains.