The traditional scenario of "boy meets girl from the next parish, and lives happily ever after" is far less common than it used to be, and the love business in Ireland is prospering.Research by Irish Life found 24 per cent of Irish people had tried online dating and the latest CSO figures show the average age for Irish brides and grooms is 33 and 35 respectively.
When using the dating site, members can only communicate through Parship’s anonymous contact and messaging system. "Specifically for people who are looking for a long-term relationship..." - Irish Times, February 2012.So we're staying single longer, marrying later, and looking for new ways to meet people.Romance is well and truly alive, with a billion cards sent globally on Valentine’s Day (An Post delivers about 100,000 each year) and the average spend on a ring being €1,333 according to research by Littlewoods.We know how important discretion is, which is why we don’t show just anyone your picture. “What I really liked about Parship is the anonymity of not having my photograph for just anyone to view..." - Irish Independent, March 2011."Parship isn’t a flirting website aimed at casual flings.“So Feargal and I spent a few months doing research and a large number of acquaintances told us they’d gone out alone in the hope of meeting someone special, with few results.