New Year, New Love Prospects

If you’re intent on bagging yourself a beau in time for Valentines Day, it might take more then one or two drunken Saturday nights on the razz to conquer the dating world. After all, when was the last time you read a love story which started with the girl in a dingy club dancing to Shakira? Or even the one where the girl is sat in front of the TV painting her nails, eating chocolate and feeling sorry for herself? So snap out of Bridget Jones mode, grab a few mates and try one of these five dating techniques to find love in the New Year.

Internet Dating

Internet dating has been sold as the great solution to 21st-century loneliness where in a world of infinite possibility, you can meet anyone. This is partly true. While internet dating used to be a signal that you were a bit of weirdo and failing miserably in the social and relationship circle of your life – it has now become the norm.

Research has found that one in five married people between the ages of 19 and 25 met their partner online.

But the people for whom it works seem strikingly similar: they don’t take it too seriously, they aren’t fragile and they aren’t seeking to fill some aching hole in their lives.

If you’re going to go into internet dating go into it with an open mind, don’t believe everything you read and don’t be lured into a false sense of security. Meet somewhere public and tell a friend where you are going. You never know, you could meet the love of your life! 

Speed Dating

Why not try one of the many Speed Dating events organised all over the country and meet 15 or more available men in the one night. This can be the ideal way to meet someone while saving yourself a whole lot of hassle! At three minutes, the dates are too short to have to use the ‘my washing machine blew up’ line and just long enough to spark your interest. Dating expert Simone Bienne says: “In today’s society we spend weeks looking for a car or an apartment but when it comes to relationships we expect it to fall into our laps at 3am on a Saturday night.”

“With speed dating you have a good chance to get up close and personal with different men. Relax and let your body do the talking. If there’s chemistry between you, you’ll know about it.” For more information on some of the events being held around Ireland go to

Sniff Dating 

Put your nose to the test! The rules are similar to any speed dating event – but you must bring a scented item to woo your potential suitors. Daz have dubbed it ‘sniff dating’ and it is highly recommended by former Glamour girl of Brookside and star of the Daz Cleaner Close advert Jennifer Ellison. “I was surprised when I first saw how well this worked!” says Jennifer. “Three in four women wouldn’t give a man a second chance if she didn’t like his smell.” she says. Firstly the daters have one minute each to impress each other by bringing a scented gift such as cake or a flower for their date and then they must bring a smell they think represents them.
“I love seeing daters instantly spark up really intimate conversations based on the topic of scents,” explains Jennifer. “When I first started dating my now husband he use to always chew spearmint gum,” she says. “Even now whenever I smell that scent it gives me goose bumps and reminds me of when we first met!”

Singles Night

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – so while you might think your mate Dave is totally unfanciable he might be exactly the type of guy one of your girlfriends is looking for. So why not set up your own personal singles night. Choose a pub where you can section off an area. Then ask your single mates to send details of your get together to their extended circle of friends inviting them to the party. Then don your glad rags and wait for the magic to happen. You might be surprised at the amount of single men turn up – and if nothing else, you might make some new friends in the process!

Join a Club 

Its one of the most obvious pieces of advice but don’t forget January is a new term and the ideal time to join a new class or activity. So why not widen your social-circle by joining something that you are genuinely interested in such as dance, cookery, language or music lessons. Clubs usually meet for social drinks too which is the ideal way to make friends with like-minded people. Even if they do turn out to be all girls, the more new friends you make the more chance you have of being introduced to your new friend’s brother, cousin, flatmate and boyfriends friends!