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.
“A few of my friends had been on dating websites, but I didn’t like the idea of being in a shop window where everybody could look at your photo.
I had heard some bad experiences of internet dating, but I liked the idea of the introductions agency because it was very discreet.” Having been in two serious long-term relationships, Thomas found himself single while most of his friends had settled down with partners and young families.
Two’s Company is an offline (its website only exists to market its services and set out its terms) introductory service, which charges customers between €600 and €2,500 for a half-year’s membership, depending on their requirements.A former property developer who felt the need to change career when the economic downturn took hold — “if Lehman Bros hadn’t collapsed, I mightn’t be doing what I am now,” he quips — his new journey aptly started when he met his current partner (both romantically, and in business terms) Jennifer Haskins, via a now defunct dating agency — the poor service offered by which (“it was a fluke that we met through it”) led both of them to look more closely at the possibility of running a better style of service.The move ultimately led them to establish five years ago one of the world’s most unique introductory services agencies.Introduction and Matchmaking services in Northern Ireland: 00353 We are very proud of the huge level of successful introductions we have made to date and our matchmaking agency has built up a great reputation for being the premier matchmakers in Ireland.Our dating agency offers a successful alternative to free dating websites and online dating sites in Northern Ireland – so if you have tried free dating websites and haven’t found what you are looking for – why not try the more sophisticated approach to dating and try our Matchmaking Agency’s services.His job in computer software meant he worked long shifts and he had no “wingmen” to join him on the regular dating scene.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.We follow strict ethical guidelines, codes of practice and professionalism.We draw on our personal expertise and years of dating experience to create successful matches.So if you are unattached or single in Northern Ireland and are looking for opportunities to meet compatible partners or wish to know a little more about us then leave a message on our CONTACT US page and we will call you for a quick chat.Call now on: 00353 to start dating in Northern Ireland / Ulster / Belfast now.It’s quite sobering to hear the head of one of the country’s leading dating agencies downplay Valentine’s Day as a money-making ploy and denigrate (some of) the plethora of online players as cynical money machines that care little for their members’ feelings.