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First Dates Ireland debuted on RTÉ2 last night and we have to say it was better than we expected.

From the crazy hand-sanitizing Frederica to  Tynan and Simon that were perfect for each other, it's safe to say the first show had a colourful bunch of people.

But possibly the best thing to come from last night's show was the reactions on Twitter. We have rounded off the top tweets to brighten up your Friday:

We totally agree with this one:


 We were just as freaked out as Darren:


 We are indeed:


 You can't beat this one:


 NEVER get the age wrong:


 We're cringing:


 How did his date deal?!


 That poor, poor man:




If you like First Dates, then you're going to LOVE the Irish version.

The restaurant doors will open tomorrow night, April 21 for the start of something magical (and that's Irish people trying to pull outside of Coppers).

The six-part series will include over 150 couples looking for love, aged between 18 and 75, so it's safe to say we're in for a good laugh.

Maître d’ Mateo Sania and his team; barman Ethan Miles and waitress Alice Carr, are ready and waiting to welcome singletons through the First Date doors. We totally can't wait for this. 

The luck of the Irish, huh?



Everyone who watches Channel 4's First Dates knows that the show would not be complete with the suave operations of maître d' Fred. 

From his sexy accent, his organisational skills and his words of sheer wisdom, Fred has a pretty giant role to play in the operations of the hit dating show. 

So naturally all eyes have been on RTE as we waited the announcement of just who would be filling Fred's rather large shoes on the Irish version of First Dates that will be soon hitting our screens. 

And our new dinner host is…. *drumroll please*… introducing Mateo Saina. 

Well, hello there… 

Matteo was a shoo-in for the job as the maître d' at Dylan McGrath's top restaurant Taste as well as being from Croatia (he will therefore, hopefully, add a bit of continental class to proceedings.)

"I am so excited to be involved with First Dates Ireland," said Mateo on his new exciting television role. 

"From my experience, I can tell whether people on a date are confident or not, whether they are nervous, and my job is to help them feel relaxed. 

"Everyone that walks into this restaurant deserves a chance to find love, that’s what First Dates is all about. It’s a great feeling to see two people making a connection and if I can help make this happen, then that’s my job done."

First Dates is due to hit our screens later in the spring. 

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