He was already planning to get married, and when we were going to have kids and move in together.It’s like that in Poland after a certain age, everybody settles down. “But apart from that we have similar backgrounds because of the religion and that. I lived here for four years and I feel at home.” Australian Lisa Domican (41), living in Greystones, Co Wicklow, and married to an Irishman, Bill Domican “I met my husband when I was 18 and living in London.Oh, and one other thing, he must be able to play the bagpipes, or at least enjoy its beautiful sound.” Eh, good luck with that . Generally the stereotyping of the Irish male is stuck somewhere in the 1950s, a land where the men are tall, quiet and gentle, and excel in a natural chivalry.But how does the perception of Irish men by overseas women compare to the realities of dating an Irish male?This isn’t scientific, it’s from many conversations with friends, of both sexes, and over many years, there may be little shifts in emphasis, but the basics remain true.Compatibility and respect are a great base and let’s keep laughing.
It is not just about a good look, whether you look good or make you partner look good, not just about simple respect and humour.
Kenny also believes that many Irish men have to alter their dating techniques and behaviour in relationships because of the influence of other nationalities.
“Often, I find overseas women can be quite upfront if they are out there and single-minded about what they want and how they want to be treated.” Despite the increasingly multicultural nature of Irish society, some male dating techniques remain firmly embedded within the culture.
Mary Kenny, a relationship counsellor who also runs a dating website, says that her service has noticed a large increase in overseas women seeking Irish men for relationships.
“I would say a quarter of all our females are now non-Irish,” she says.
Enjoying the craic is important though – let’s enjoy it together. That’s about supporting us when we’re with other people we care about – our family, our mates, our boss even.