Her book, Changing Gender Roles and Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland, states that women do not have access to a main route to meet new people in Ireland as it is not socially acceptable for a woman to go to a pub alone.

However, with the plethora of Irish dating websites to choose from, there is no longer a need for anyone to venture out when they can meet new people from the comfort of their own couch.

But in our experience women don’t think about their time being divided but rather they do not prioritise dating in favour of pursuing career goals and educational achievements.

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He proceeded to give me a lecture as to why I shouldn’t automatically dismiss dating the two guys who were responsible for service washes in the launderette as they may be perfectly nice people and that career women in their thirties get what they deserve if they don’t.

I am just wondering how many other men think like this?

An independent study exists to confirm what we have known all along.

Dating in Ireland is harder for professional women. A landmark study by Margret Fine-Davis of the Sociology Department at Trinity College Dublin on gender and families finds better educated women ‘find it harder’ to meet a partner.

Just like the first time, it was full of smart, pretty, successful women in their thirties and forties and men of similar ages with manual labor jobs (and a few running their own manual labor businesses) but no men of equivalent professional or educational status except for one doctor.

Why he was there, I do not know, as he made it clear that he was not really looking to date anyone.He did however buy me a drink in the bar afterwards and asked me what I thought of the event.I said I would be unlikely to go again because I have nothing in common to talk about with the men that I have met at these events.So, while most women requested an equally educated man, there were not enough of these men to guarantee we could meet those requests.We looked to the census in 2011 for answers, and found them.When the Hollywood actor married human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, he made all the right noises: “It’s good to surround yourself with anyone who is smarter than you,” he said, “and for me the bar’s pretty low, anyway.