“My experience is that Irish lads are more gentlemanly than many other cultures.Perhaps it’s the education, or else it’s the fact that the Irish mammy is a very strong part of society here. “You see almost helpless men who have been raised by their mammy until they are 40 or 50.
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.
“The biggest difference I notice between American men and Irish men is that Irish men don’t seem to ask women out on dates.
“Most of my friends are from small towns, and they don’t have many choices when it comes to dating.
“They meet someone in school, date that person for 15 years and then have kids and/or get married to them.
I was beginning to wonder if Thailand had its merits after all and couldnt help stealing repeated glances at her.
She was totally absorbed in her online conversations with four messenger windows going at once, however, and in each of them I could see the photo of a Western guy. I looked at her again and realized she was wearing too much makeup and revealing clothes for the average Thai girl.
I was in an internet caf in Thailand last year, trying to work out which continent I should fly to next, when my attention was entirely absorbed by an attractive Thai girl who sat down next to me and logged in.
She gave me one of those Thai smiles that could mean anything at all and then concentrated on her correspondence.
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.