We ask three women for their experiences ‘I want to marry an Irishman.” So says one American female who has posted her profile on one of thousands of internet dating sites.
Elaborating, she says that her ideal Irishman will be ready to have babies, will be family- oriented and hard-working.
It’s like that in Poland after a certain age, everybody settles down. “But apart from that we have similar backgrounds because of the religion and that. I lived here for four years and I feel at home.” Australian Lisa Domican (41), living in Greystones, Co Wicklow, and married to an Irishman, Bill Domican “I met my husband when I was 18 and living in London.
“Of all my former classmates in Poland, I am probably one of only three people not married, and I am only 24. I didn’t have a single pre-conception about Irishmen.
“In Australia, men are more conscious about their hair and clothing.
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.“He should also be open to the idea of a long-distance relationship that will lead to marriage. A casual browse through dating websites, particularly those based in the US, and you will see many similar posts from women looking for an “Irish prince” or a “gorgeous Gael” to come and sweep them off their computers.Oh, and one other thing, he must be able to play the bagpipes, or at least enjoy its beautiful sound.” Eh, good luck with that . Generally the stereotyping of the Irish male is stuck somewhere in the 1950s, a land where the men are tall, quiet and gentle, and excel in a natural chivalry.“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.