“Most of my friends are from small towns, and they don’t have many choices when it comes to dating.
“They meet someone in school, date that person for 15 years and then have kids and/or get married to them.
“My experience is that Irish lads are more gentlemanly than many other cultures.
Perhaps it’s the education, or else it’s the fact that the Irish mammy is a very strong part of society here. “You see almost helpless men who have been raised by their mammy until they are 40 or 50.
“I would say a quarter of all our females are now non-Irish,” she says.
“I am just starting to date here and am generally optimistic about it.
“It seems a guy gets really drunk, stumbles into you and hopes for the best – that has definitely happened to me on more than one occasion! “It’s impossible to sum up an entire nationality of men.
But from what I’ve observed, Irish men seem to feel the need to prove their manliness in front of their mates, and that type of macho behaviour is telling of insecurity.
But how does the perception of Irish men by overseas women compare to the realities of dating an Irish male?
Mary Kenny, a relationship counsellor who also runs a dating website, says that her service has noticed a large increase in overseas women seeking Irish men for relationships.