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Professional dating in Ireland: balancing life and love

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Looking for a long-term partner but struggling to find the time? With most of our Irish members educated and successful, EliteSingles is the best place to meet someone you really suit. We make dating easier by introducing you to those most closely in tune with your busy lifestyle. If you want to meet other single professionals, dating with us is the way to go. Join today and meet your match!

Are Irish singles too busy for love?

The amount of singles in Ireland is on the up – rising by nearly half a million between the 1996 and the 2011 Censuses. At the same time, Irish men and women are staying single for longer: it is estimated that 20% of women and 25% of men aged between 40 and 49 have never settled down.1 One reason for this could be that many Irish singles prioritise their careers over finding love, with many finding that the high-flying corporate lifestyle leaves little free time for dating and romance. Indeed, the average full- time work week in Ireland is 40 hours, but it seems that, in the corporate world, this doesn’t always apply.

In fact, with a recent survey showing that white-collar Irish workers routinely put in six hours of overtime or more per week,2 it seems that extra work is simply accepted if one wants to appear professional. Dating under these pressures is certainly difficult – and yet, many singles would still like to ultimately settle down, with marriage as the ”state that most people aspire to.”3 The trick, then, is looking in the right place.

Professional dating: how EliteSingles can help you find balance

For many single professionals, this ‘right place’ is online, with sites like EliteSingles. For starters, EliteSingles members understand the time commitments involved with seeking professionalism: indeed, many are part of the corporate world themselves. With an average member age of 30-55, our users are often in the prime of their careers and, as a result, they know what it is like to have to balance a social life with long work hours.

Secondly, EliteSingles goes the extra mile with our matchmaking, to ensure we only suggest the most compatible profiles to you. This leaves you free to focus your precious down-time on the dating – not the search. We achieve this by basing our suggestions on your personalty preferences, your location in Ireland and your relationship requirements; a three-fold process that we have seen work, time and time again. It really is that simple.

Whether you’re dating in Donegal, Cork, Sligo etc, EliteSingles is here to help you with the process of finding that special someone.


1 Fiona Reddan, writing for the Irish Times, April 2014. ‘Can you afford to stay single?’ Found at http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/can-you-afford-to-stay-single-1.1774220

2 Aine O’Connor, writing for the Irish Independent, July 2014. ‘Work-life balance: between a clock and a hard place.’ Found at http://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/mental-health/worklife-balance-between-a-clock-and-a-hard-pace-30402402.html

3 Press release from Trinity College, Dublin, detailing the results of ”A Major Study on Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland Launched by Minister for Children & Youth Affairs”, 2011

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