Totally awkward! First Dates Ireland is back TONIGHT and we can’t wait!

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!

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