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Do we have to endure forever the old cliches around relationships – or is it possible that a diet of love isn’t just for women?

One of the reasons everyone loves First Dates Ireland is not simply that it’s enjoyable to watch the cut and thrust of dating, but also because it gives you an insight into modern relationships. You get to see that everyone has that dilemma about who should pay the bill. You get to realise that men, as well as women, can be incredibly nervous about going on a blind date. And you have the opportunity to absorb the cliches of relationships, and the unfortunate realities that both women and men tolerate because they’re viewed as cultural norms.

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