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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.

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Ah dating – no matter how you managed to secure that first date, you've probably heard the line, wanna go for a drink?

Though it may seem harmless, this is what you need to consider before agreeing.

According to a new study by Alcohol.org, that liquid courage isn't just relaxing the nerves, they're lowering your inhibitions.

Now, I'm sure you've heard that line a hundred times, but did you know 51 percent of first dates ended up between the sheets after five or more drinks?

1,002 people were questioned for the study, Drinking on Datesabout their alcohol intake on their most recent first date – and the results are very much a mixed bag. 

So let's kick off with going cold turkey – you can probably leave your sexy underwear at home, as only 10 percent of people reported getting it at the end of a first date when they didn't drink.

BUT, they are more likely to be going on a second date than those who lock lips around four or more drinks. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Now, there's nothing more annoying than wasting a face of makeup and an evening on a terrible date.

And for the ladies when things start to go sour, our alcohol intake lessens.

In fact 43 percent of women said they drink less when the date isn't going well – keeping those wits about you.

Interestingly, only a third of men do the same.

Perhaps the most important topic when it comes to alcohol and sex is consent.

Participates where asked how many drinks would you have to consume to consider themselves unable to give consent – and the answers were very insightful.

Split into male and female, 78 percent of men said five drinks or more, whereas 53 percent of women said the same.

But most telling is more than a fifth of women said three drinks or more would impact their ability to give consent, compared with just 9 percent of men.

Getting down to the nitty-gritty, they were then asked how many drinks would your partner/date need to consume before you believe they couldn't give consent.

If a potential lover drank five drinks or more, almost half of men would think that they couldn't give consent. 

Whereas 61 percent of women thought their date wouldn't be able to say yes, after having the same quantity.

19 percent of men said their partner couldn't give consent after 3 or more, compared to 16 percent of women.

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So what does all this mean?

The correlation between people not being able to give consent after five drinks and more than half reporting having sex after that many drinks – seriously raises alarms.

Though the night might be going fabulously, and those feelings are in the air – keep in mind this study when you accept or buy another drink. 

As most things in life, moderation seems to be the best way to go, and most people opt for this.

They actively limit themselves to two drinks on a first date and score themselves a second date. –  Now, that's what we call success.

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Sara Rowbotham has been hailed a hero after the tireless work she did investigating and exposing the Rochdale sex crimes ring was brought to public attention thanks to the docu-drama Three Girls.

Last night, fans of the UK version of First Dates were shocked and delighted when Sara entered the restaurant looking for love. 

The sexual health worker made an emotional reveal, sharing that her work on the case ultimately affected her love life.

From 2003 to 2014, she worked as Rochdale’s crisis intervention team coordinator, and documented instances of abuse she uncovered. 

'I feel like I’m coming out of a difficult dark time. I was a big fireball at the time, I became really angry all the time,' she told the audience.

'I’m ready to start to live my life again and be able to have nice times and not be so stressed or anxious or angry.'

Unfortunately, love did not blossom for Sara on the night, but she received a wave of support and praise on social media, where she was hailed a hero. 

'How mad that the Sara on #FirstDates is the same lady who was the social worker in Rochdale for those girls … #ThreeGirls she's a hero!!' said one.

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First Dates has given us some memorable, albeit cringey moments, but one couple who stuck in our minds for being too adorable for words is Aaron and Ibiba from the UK version of the show. 

After the pair had a very successful first date on the show, they are still together months later.

Now, the couple are back to reveal some pretty big news.

May we present: The First Dates first baby. 

The pair have welcomed their first child together, a little girl called Aziza.

The couple also appeared on Good Morning to discuss their new little family, with Ibiba saying: 'He's been the best support for me since the beginning. '

Too cute!

 

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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!

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Okay, so First Dates is always a tad awkward, which is no surprise seeing as it involves Irish people trying to be cool on national television while their love lives hang in the balance.

Last night, we saw Eoin meet Katie for the first time, and he was definitely a little nervous.

Before arriving at the First Dates restaurant, Eoin had a little run in with an avian nemesis, causing him to be late for the date.

Eoin didn't hold back when reliving the tale, telling Katie that a bird had "shat" on him.

Probably not the best icebreaker but hey, at least he's honest.

And isn't that meant to be good luck?

Katie also seriously impressed us with her open discussion about her depression. 

Kudos Katie, kudos!

 

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Usually, First Dates has us cringing behind our couch cushions as a series of Irish pairs try to find love on national television, but last night, something was a little different.

Last night the show set up the ultimate culchie power couple, Lisa and Jamie, and the sparks absolutely flew. 

Lisa from Waterford, a self-proclaimed flirt, was hoping to find the love of her life, and we kind of thought she might have found him in Jamie.

The pair instantly hit it off, and got chatting about all things farming.

When Jamie revealed he had more than one bull on his farm, Lisa concluded that he must deal with "fussy heifers" like herself on the regular.

We were seriously rooting for these two, so when things didn't quite work out, we were less than pleased.

John and Deborah were the second couple on the night, and not everyone was impressed with John's attitude.

From his aversion to public transport and his slightly unenthusiastic reaction to Deborah's maternal status, some Twitter users thought that he needed a reality check. 

Another couple got a bit deep and philosophical on their date, as a hilarious mix up ensued when Ciarán tried to pronounce the word but simply couldn't.

Luckily his date was on hand to help him out, although some Twitter users thought that they looked more like father an son than boyfriend and boyfriend. 

Sligo doorman Luke and Supermacs fan Lauren got on like a house on fire at the start, but things quickly fell apart after paying the bill. 

Lauren was less than impressed when Luke asked to split the bill, as she firmly believes that "the fella" should always pay.

Oh, and he also forgot her name, leaving him with a 0 per cent chance of obtaining a second date. 

So there was some awkwardness after all. 

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First Dates Ireland has become one of our favourite TV shows.

And we all like to believe that those on the show will fall madly in love and enjoy many more dates to come.

But, did you know they get paid for it?

According to the Irish Sun, the participants on the show are offered €50 to say yes to going on a second date. Hmmm…

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Apparently, there was such a low number of successful matches last year that the show bosses gave a little incentive for their to be love in the air.

A former dater told the publication: “We were offered €25 walking into the date, presumably meant as some sort of generous form of compensation for going on a date which would be seen by the nation.

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“When the date had ended and they separated us to get our honest views on how it had all gone, I was then offered €50 by one of the production team if I said I’d be up for going on a second date with her, so I obviously took it!”

RTÉ declined to comment on the claims when contacted by the Irish Sun.

So, did they all even fancy each other?!

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Okay, so First Dates is always a tad awkward, which is no surprise seeing as it involves Irish people trying to be cool on national television while their love lives hang in the balance.

But last night's episode really took the cake when it came to the cringe level.

We've had lads making sandwich jokes in front of feminists and golfing jokes going way over peoples heads, but we were not prepared for what went down last night.

Ballymun lad Wes, who enjoys long walks to the off licence, was paired up with Lady Gaga superfan Sunil, and the two seemed to really hit it off.

Then, Wes did something slightly unprecedented: he pulled out his own cutlery, complete with napkin.

Initially Sunil seemed a touch weirded out, but after Wes explained that it was a germ thing, the two settled back into their easy chatting. 

While the high-maintenance hygiene habit may have but some people off, Sunil wasn't phased, and the two continued their romance in Pantibar after the show.

True love, eh? 

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

Last night's dine and date episode featured a couple we were seriously rooting for, especially after an initially awkward encounter.

Aidan and Lucy looked like a very cute couple, but when Aidan tried to use humour to break the ice, his clever golf joke went way over Lucy's head. 

While chatting about transportation, the topic of driving came up, and Aidan joked that the only thing he can drive is a golf ball (lots of golf fans on First Dates lately, no?).

Unfortunately, Lucy is not about that golfing life, and it took her a few awkward seconds to get the pun. 

While it was definitely a cringe moment, we thought it might work out for the two.

Spoiler alert, it didn't. 

When the two were asked if they wanted to see one another again, Lucy rejected Aidan on the basis of his niceness, and his comeback was pretty priceless.

"So what you're looking for is an a**hole?"

Yikes! At least he didn't bring up the topic of women making sandwiches…. 

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Ah, we do love First Dates.

But, we love our Irish version even more – the craic is mighty, the puns are flowing and there's always a fierce rivalry between counties.

And last night's episode certainly didn't disappoint. With relationship statuses being thrown about, and kisses flying here, there, and everywhere; here are the best Twitter reactions from First Dates Ireland:

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You can never beat the Irish when it comes to dating; with the miscalculated geography ("Where's Louth?"), the misinformed pick-up lines ("My heart's in my arse"), and the misguided opinion of people from the country ("Yer all culchies), we never disappoint, do we?

That's why we love First Dates Ireland so much – it just brings out the banter in everyone.

And last night was pretty damn hilarious. Here are all the best tweets from #FirstDatesIRL:

We can't wait until next week"!

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