“Intro is an internet dating site – in fact it’s the opposite,” she says.
“We meet all of our clients face-to-face, we complete a detailed profile for them and, on that basis, we arrange suitable matches, going so far as to actually arrange the dates rather than passing along personal information such as phone numbers.” The main difference between matchmaking agencies and online dating sites, according to Maycock, is that the agencies accept only those who are actually available and looking for a relationship.
Today Intro has members on its books ranging in age from 22 to 79.
Rena even had a call from a 90-year-old man last week interested in signing up and, she points out, there may be interested women in their 70s and 80s .
“It can take a lot of courage and the social rejection can be cruel at times.
If somebody gets rejected again and again, it can really affect their confidence and sense of self worth,” she says.
The cost of standard membership at Two’s Company is €595 for six months which also includes a meeting with the agency and the guarantee of a minimum of four introductions.
Two’s Company is Ireland’s most successful Introduction, Matchmaking and Dating agency.“A few of my friends had been on dating websites, but I didn’t like the idea of being in a shop window where everybody could look at your photo.I had heard some bad experiences of internet dating, but I liked the idea of the introductions agency because it was very discreet.” Having been in two serious long-term relationships, Thomas found himself single while most of his friends had settled down with partners and young families.“I was very apprehensive doing it but I’m really glad I did.It was an amazing experience overall and the kick up the arse I needed to get back dating again,” he says.Old-fashioned matchmaking agencies such as Intro, Two’s Company, Top Match, Singlelista and the Cork-based Two Hearts Meet have all spotted the opportunity to provide introduction services to people who are either fed up or too busy to keep trying.