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.“Of all my former classmates in Poland, I am probably one of only three people not married, and I am only 24. I didn’t have a single pre-conception about Irishmen.“It’s often only when they get very drunk towards the end of the night that they have confidence to approach women.
“In Australia, men are more conscious about their hair and clothing.
You only have to look at the mixed-rules series every year to see the difference between the Australian males and the Irish.
There seems to be a general lack of dating culture here in Ireland.
Even my Irish female friends admit that it’s rare for an Irish guy to actually go up to a woman and ask her out on a proper date.
But how does the perception of Irish men by overseas women compare to the realities of dating an Irish male?
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.We ask three women for their experiences ‘I want to marry an Irishman.” So says one American female who has posted her profile on one of thousands of internet dating sites.Elaborating, she says that her ideal Irishman will be ready to have babies, will be family- oriented and hard-working.“I would say a quarter of all our females are now non-Irish,” she says.Kenny also believes that many Irish men have to alter their dating techniques and behaviour in relationships because of the influence of other nationalities.I wouldn’t like to be marrying any man who had that.” American Clare Kleinedler (37), recently moved to Ireland and is testing out the dating scene “I briefly dated a couple of Irish guys in San Francisco when I lived there for college, and I am just starting to date here.