Sunday, October 8: the day that Blind Date Orish-style debuted.
Yup, with a certain Al Porter at the helm, the dating show kicked off in style.
— TV3 (@TV3Ireland) October 8, 2017
Apparently, the show had been inundated with applications – both for contestants and audience members – and certainly the Sunday evening’s airing was full of animation.
— Davey T (@Davydoesdublin) October 8, 2017
The Helix in Dublin played host to the show: the very first couple of pair up was Dionne and David – with Dionne looking stunning in a full-length, sparkling gown, and David keeping it casual in a white long-sleeved tee and jeans.
— aoifamck❤ (@MckeonAoife) October 8, 2017
We also met Hayley and Daniel – who had jetted off to Lisbon during the summer. Although the duo have yet to squeeze in a second date, Hayley promised Daniel that she’d make time to see him again.
Next week I'm going to watch #BlindDateIRL with some booze, i feel like that's appropriate.
— (((Colin))) (@CoHesl) October 8, 2017
The second batch of hopefuls include Niamh from Kildare, Jennifer; a former Miss Navan, from Meath; Ciara, a waitress from Blanchardstown in Dublin.
— Just Stickers -Tracy (@JustStickers1) October 8, 2017
Vying for their attention was Gary, 27, from Tallaght. Still living with mammy – Gary goes to the gym six or seven times a week. Indeed, he showed off his strength by lifting host Al into the air.
In the end, he couldn’t resist No.2 – Co. Meath’s Jen. And the pair were sent to Barcelona for a romantic trip.
Oh God no man living with Mammy …no ladies you don't want this #BlindDateIRL
— Samantha Kelly (@Tweetinggoddess) October 8, 2017
Aisling is a mum-of-four and is from Newbridge. Ray hails from Tallaght, is a life coach, and is a dad-of-three. They had the pleasure of going to Tayto Park on their date.
Gary is a little rocket #BlindDateIRL
— Caroline Foran (@CarolineForan) October 8, 2017
They had a picnic on the grass and seemed to get on great… although Aisling wasn’t overly impressed with how romantic the day was.
“He made me a lovely crisp sandwich” I can’t breathe!!! #blinddateIRL
— ?*FrillyFlossy* ? (@frillyflossy) October 8, 2017
Indeed, she reckoned Ray was a little bit OTT and ultimately “not for her”.
This is hurting my eyes but I can’t stop watching #BlindDateIRL
— Fergus McFadden (@fergmcfadden) October 8, 2017
Otherwise, Twitter is predictably alight with commentary on the airing – with plenty of viewers happy to chip in their tuppence worth.
— John Fox (@foxymm12) October 8, 2017
And while the show has already been filmed (over the summer), Blind Date was broadcast from a Tallaght location for Al Porter.