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Now, Richard Gere in his dress whites uniform in An Officer and a Gentleman may have a lot to answer for, but there can also be a more practical reason.
It’s a bespoke service that is for people who lead content, busy and fulfilling lifestyles but reach a point where they don’t have enough time to find that special person.” A risk that a less-well-off person might join this agency purely to meet a rich partner is pretty much offset by the €6,000 joining fee, notes Hugh.And that applies to looking for love as well — some people don’t want to go to an international site and be presented with singles from everywhere.So you might only want to meet people from Cork so you funnel or target your search.” Jonathan is managing director of a company which runs around 4,000 dating sites around the world and he certainly stands over his work — he met the love of his own life 3.5 years ago through a very niche site.Star Trek Movie director, JJ Abrams wished them well on their big day; and they had a two-feet-long Starship Enterprise model on a table at their wedding and some of the orchestral music played was from sci-fi films — but they drew the line at wearing Star Trek costumes for the ceremony.While we’re on the subject of clothing, there is a plethora of sites specifying ‘men or women in uniform’.“We work to create a fun and comfortable environment for single people to have a relaxed time meeting up — whether it’s mix and mingle evenings or adventure weekends,” he said.
Hugh reckons his company is behind thousands of ‘matches’; hundreds of relationships and dozens of weddings.
“Macra is a sociable organisation for people keen on getting involved in anything from sports to travel, or drama and debating.
It’s more an outlet for making friends,” she explains, conceding that romance may well happen for some members but it’s not the motivation for setting up the many events the organisation offers.
Sites such as Farmers promise to help you “find a farmer, rancher, cowboy, cowgirl or animal lover” as it’s “an online dating site meant for down to earth folks only”.
There can be a bit of a city perception that Macra na Feirme is a matchmaker for rural people.
But this is definitely not the case, says keen Macra member, Lorraine Maguire.