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And we're not just talking about traffic volumes - from a financial point of view, our revenues have increased by over 80 per cent in the last six months." Ireland, while small, is attractive to a global site like because of its "unique demographic", says Ms Samantha Bedford, Match.com's UK and Ireland manager.With the youngest population in the EU, the Republic has 1.5 million 25- to 44-year-olds, she says, and, by their late 20s, people are beginning to tire of the pub and club dating scene and are ready to look for a serious partner.Layoffs have followed - let 30 employees go, and changed chief executives this year, while a major rival in the US, True.com, made 90 people - 60 per cent of its workforce - redundant.But the Irish market seems only to be starting to take off - due to both the late introduction of broadband internet access (better for viewing profile pictures and zipping through profiles generally) and, perhaps, the slower arrival online of the older user.
While the notion still produces the occasional smirk in this country, online dating long ago went from novelty to big business.Supposedly the biggest online revenue generator after pornography, online dating is predicted to grow from a 3 million (€243 million) business with 6.7 million users last year, to a 3 million one this year, and then 3 million by 2008, according to Jupiter Research. Animal will not only connect you to a fellow golden retriever aficionado but also allow you to post a profile of your pet.Growth has been doubling every year for the two big rivals in this area, - which has just arrived in Ireland as a partner site on Microsoft's portal site - and Yahoo Personals. In fact, online dating has been such good business that even in a small place like Ireland, the discerning single can find a proliferation of local to global sites: from the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker site ( to ( from Ireland.com's new service ( to Maybe Friends ( and Irish Soulmates (While the company doesn't yet have statistics on its Irish users, has 1.2 million users in the UK, mostly between 25 and 34; 80 per cent of them have a college degree, and 75 per cent have never been married.In other words, they are a generally well-heeled market of ABC1s.
Over t he next couple of days we spent little time apart as we just clicked and felt so comfortable together.