As one ‘uniform dating’ site notes: “All professions are demanding, especially those that require uniforms, and leave no time for a personal life.
When you have hectic schedules and work long hours, often dealing with emergencies, finding someone can be a challenge.” Similarly a livestock farmer will have ferociously busy times of the year when they may not be able to head off travelling so hopefully the singles hoping to reap a man or woman of the soil will be ready for this.
Matchmakers and dating site experts have cottoned onto this too and many now offer niche dating services.
Indeed, some of these can be pretty specific — maybe you can only see yourself getting serious about someone who can crack a joke in Klingon; or perhaps it’s gotta be a farmer who’ll do it for you; or maybe you yearn for someone with red hair.
The job you do can affect your dating — and your paired-up — life a lot.
But this is definitely not the case, says keen Macra member, Lorraine Maguire.
Local Macra groups have organised events such as barbecues and sporting challenges — and some have offered Strictly Come Dancing or speed-dating evenings as charity fundraisers.
And one option that has really taken off is adventure weekends such as the one on Inish Mór on St Patrick’s Weekend.
“We had 45 singles staying in the one hotel for three days and they were able to enjoy activities ranging from a treasure hunt to yoga, biking or a ceili or a quiz — activities like this take away from the fact that it’s a singles weekend and people can just relax, have a few drinks and gauge who they might want to chat to,” he said.