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It's time to assemble the squads, get your glam on and find out your best telly angles.

First Dates Ireland have announced that they're looking for groups to take part in filming some 'fun clips'.

Go grab your work colleagues, mates or sports team and have some craic.

And the absolutely added bonus is that you don't even have to go to the effort of looking for love to get your mug on the telly.

COCO Television tweeted: We want to record some fun extra clips for the new series of #FirstDatesIRL and need a few great craic groups to take part in some digital videos."

"Whether you're part of a sports team or a knitting group, best friends or close colleagues, we want to hear from you! Apply today."

We don't know what you're waiting for as there is literally no downsides to this.

More information can be found here.

We are looking forward to seeing you and all your mates on our TV screens soon.


Tonight's episode of First Dates Ireland will feature the show's first ever sign language date.

John Charles, a 27-year-old design student from Edenderry, and Stephen, a 24-year-old HR professional from Dublin, will be the first pairing to conduct their date entirely through sign language.

Though Stephen is not deaf, a severe childhood speech impediment led him to search for other ways to communicate with those around him.

“Growing up I had a really severe speech impediment to the point where I couldn't even fully pronounce my own name properly. I knew exactly what I wanted to say, I’d talk all the time but people couldn’t understand me.”

“It meant that I was really interested in, if one way of communication wasn't working for you that you could just choose an alternative,” he tells viewers.

Check out the teaser clip below:

The gas part is that John and Stephen have actually met before, and seem immediately at ease with each other's company.

“I just knew I'd meet someone I knew – because well, it's Dublin!”

Oh, and did we forget to mention that Stephen currently holds the title of 'Mr Gay Ireland'?

He tells viewers, "One of my friends said, when I won Mr Gay Ireland, 'if you can’t find a boyfriend this year, you never will!'"

Tune into First Dates Ireland on RTÉ2 tonight at 9.30pm to see if John Charles and Stephen hit it off.



First Dates Ireland, a.k.a the crown jewel of RTÉ's winter schedule, made its highly-anticipated return to television screens across the country last night, and if the first episode is anything to go by, we're in for an outrageously awkward few months.

The first pairing of the night saw the larger-than-life Jackie, the owner of Dublin's Marilyn Monroe Mansion, get acquainted with quiet Carlow man, Joey.

No one would blame you for thinking these two were a bit of an odd match, but everything made sense when Joey's post-date interview revealed that he had been on the market for a 'Scary Spice.' 

Next up was arguably the show's most awkward pairing to date – Leigh and Samuel. 

Between calling his best friend a b*tch, to outright insulted his hairstyle, it was apparent from the beginning that Samuel wasn't feeling any connection. 

In fact, the whole date was just a train wreck, really.  

The biggest reaction of the night came courtesy of Niamh and Izzy. 

A seemingly decent match, Twitter just wasn't having it when Izzy, 22, just couldn't past the fact that Niamh, 19, was a fell THREE years younger than her. 

First Dates Ireland returns to RTÉ2 next Tuesday, January 16. 


First Dates has become an Irish institution, and between the Twitter banter and the actual show, we're officially hooked. 

Usually, the show leaves us cringing, but last nights episode had a little something extra that made the cringe worth sitting through. 

Carol, from Glasnevin opened up about how the Marriage Equality Referendum completely changed her life, and inspired her to be herself. 

“I’d been spending too much time in the Porterhouse and not enough time in The George,” she chuckled, calling 2015's marriage referendum “life-changing.”

Carol was paired with the very retro and glamorous EJ, short for Elizabeth-Jane, and while the pair instantly hit it off over a whiskey sour, they unfortunately didn't feel the sparks and declined to go on a second date. 

However, the potential couple reminded us of how amazing and positive the effects of the marriage referendum had on the LGBTQ community.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

Feature Image: RTE Player 



As seen from last night's episode, First Dates Ireland is major craic.

Two seasons in, we all fall in love with the hopeless romantics and cringe at the people who haven't a notion where Louth is.

Well, the TV show is looking for singletons to take part in its third season.

So, if you fancy taking a gander inside the First Dates restaurant, here's the criteria you must have to be eligible to apply:

  • You are over 18 years of age.
  • You a permanent legal resident on the island of Ireland.
  • You are not/have not ever been employed by COCO Television and/or the Broadcaster (RTÉ).
  • No member of your household, immediate relative (i.e. mother, father, son, daughter, brother or sister) are employed/have ever been employed by COCO Television and/or the Broadcaster (RTÉ).

Good to go? Great! You can check out here to apply.



Irish First Dates star Daphney Sanasie has pleaded guilty to harassing celebrity TV chef, Dylan McGrath.

The disturbing texts included messages about "demons and souls," as well as unwanted graphic pictures.

Before Daphney appeared on First Dates Ireland last year, she had been on two dates with Dylan, after meeting him through a mutual friend.

However, after the dates went downhill, Dylan stopped texting the model and that's apparently when the harassment began.

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According to the Independent, Mr McGrath felt "threatened" by the texts and at first tried to ignore them, but after they reached a "crescendo" he had to tell the guards.

In 2014, the pair went out on two dates, on February 7 and 14, but after that Dylan wanted no more contact.

When Daphney persisted in texting him via SMS and Whatsapp, he told her "stop texting me" and mentioned "not having the patience for the silliness in the text messages."

Then, Ms Sanasie turned up at Dylan's Dublin restaurant with security guards and a photographer. When she arrived, Dylan told her to not to come to his restaurant and that he had "family issues" to deal with and "didn't want drama right now."

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However, things went from bad to worse when Daphney continued to harass the chef by text, and on September 9, things "reach a crescendo."

On that day, she sent over 120 Whatsapp messages to the Masterchef star, along with three of graphic content.

When the accused was arrested on December 1, she told gardaí that she didn't think Dylan meant it when he told her to stop.

As Mr McGrath left the Criminal Courts of Justice, he said: "I'm glad it's over."


In preparation for the month of love and Valentine's Day First Dates Ireland returns tonight with a fresh batch of hopefuls looking for love.

Viewers will be treated to 12 episodes of the show, which promise to be filled with more fun and frolics as the dater's awkwardly meet for the first time.

There will be plenty more of our favourite bathroom tête-à-têtes, to look forward to, along with more totally awks encounters.

Last year the show proved popular with 278,000 viewers tuning in to see South African, Federica telling Donegal dater to use hand sanitizer, amongst other things.

And apparently poor Gemma was so forgettable that when her date turned up to greet her, he struggled to believe they had already been on a date together.  Ah, the dating scene in a country this small…

Viewers will be treated to a spin-off, First Dates Ireland Extra, which will see Irish celebs like Roz Purcell, and Stefanie Preissner discuss their dates, right after the show airs. George Mason from Home and Away is also set to appear, according to IFTN.

The fabulous Mateo Saina, AKA cupid or the restaurant's Maître D, is back to chaperone this year's hopefuls.

Although last year’s show didn’t match up any of the dater's, more hopefuls have lined up to feature this year, including double-dating cousins. 

According to RTE tonight's episode will see country music fan Rachel and carpenter Conor meet for the first time, followed by medical scientist Sinead and Latin lothario Antonio – will sparks fly?

If last year's batch were anything to go by we are in for another hilarious round of super-awkward, cringe worthy dates – let’s hope no one asks for the kid's menu this year!



First Dates Ireland has been a major hit since it aired nearly a month ago, and it's safe to say we all pick sides sometimes.

But, Sarah Hamilton, who appeared on the show last week has opened up about the online haters she's since attracted from being on the series.

Talking to Eoghan McDermott on 2fm, Sarah said: "You never know how people will perceive you.

"It's so unforgiving to be a confident woman and I don't understand why," she told Eoghan.

"I think sometimes people would rather you be a shrinking violet. 

"For me, I went on the show thinking my friends are going to take the piss out of me for this and I didn't think about the wider audience," Sarah admitted.

"We are so scared to go onto something nd be normal. God forbid a woman who wear make-up, is writing a novel and has an MA. It is not accepted."



It's safe to say that we all LOVE First Dates Ireland and it is a major success for viewers (but not so much for the actual daters).

However, everyone knows that going on a first date is super nerve-wrecking – nevermind a BLIND first date with a hundred cameras pointing in your face.

Some act totally cool and hit it off, and others, well, we'll just say they don't click.

The latter can be said for daters from the second episode, Dawn and Alannah-Rose.

The pair didn't exactly see eye-to-eye, yet their post-date summary suggested something completely different.

Spotted by Joe.ie, the post-date analysis said that the women went straight to The George and Alannah-Rose said it was "one of the best nights of her life."

However, in reality, that didn't actually happen:

Yep, so apparently they headed to a totally different nightclub, and Dawn left soon after they arrived.

The analysis has since been changed for anyone watching the repeats. Now, we just can't wait for this Thursday's drama. 



First Dates Ireland was a major success, with over 250,000 people tuning in to watch the carnage each week.

But, even though it became so popular so quickly, it failed to match up ANY first daters.

Some agreed to meet up for a second date – yet that is how far it went, leaving some viewers and the show's producers very disappointed. 

One of the show's daters recently spoke to the Irish Sun about her experience: “The producers have rung me a few times, being really nice but dying to know if I was going to see my date again.

“They seemed disappointed when I told them I wasn’t. They seem to be keen for one of the couples on the show to begin a relationship, but it hasn’t happened yet.”

Trying to make things sound a little better, the First Dates Ireland spokeswoman said: “Simon and Tynan from episode one went on a second date and a couple from this week’s episode also went out on a second date.” However, not one punter on the second show wanted to see their date again.

“Unfortunately that is just the nature of the series. We do our best to match our daters and give them the best possible chance at finding love but it doesn’t always happen."

However, you can NOW apply to take part in the second season of the show (yes!), just sign up here.



There are loads and loads of ways to make a first date super-awkward, and if you’re a regular viewer of the popular Channel 4 show you’ll know that some people are professionals at it.

Proving that we’re just as capable on that front, RTÉ have released a clip from tonight’s First Dates Ireland, and it is a total toe-curler.

Turning your nose up at fish, we can understand. Saying no to a bit of vino? No judgement here.

But requesting the KIDS menu on a first date? No, no, no.

Unfortunately, this lady didn’t get the memo and thought nothing of asking the wait staff for a little give on this front – mortifying her potential girlfriend at the same time. (Obvs)

Take a look at this and decide whether you're going to tune in for the full shebang at 9.30pm tonight.




If you watched First Dates Ireland last week, you may remember a somewhat..ahem..outspoken young woman by the name of Federica.

In what had to be car crash TV at its finest, Federica quizzed her Donegal date, Lee, on his 'doodle', demanded he guess her age and squished her boobs into his head in full view of fellow diners.

And now RTÉ have been forced to issue a comment on this contestant because it seems her terrifying first-date 'banter' is far from her biggest crime.

According to numerous reports, Federica, whose real name is Daphney Sanasie, has been charged with harassing celebrity chef Dylan McGrath and subsequently appeared in court on April 15th.

Commenting on the reports, an RTÉ source insisted: "Background checks were done on all the applicants, as far as the law allows. They are also required to fill out a personal disclosure form."

With Daphney's court case still pending, RTÉ were unable to confirm whether the 26-year-old South African model would be making a second appearance on the show in her quest for the ultimate doodle.

Lads, yee can rest easy.

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