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This Kildare lad turned down a girl on First Dates Ireland and everyone was devastated

What an opening night.

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FIRST DATES IRELAND finally hit Irish screens tonight after what seems like an age of anticipation.

Our hotly anticipated version of the Channel 4 reality show had a lot to live up to in the expectation stakes – and it definitely delivered.

Amy was the first ever contestant in for dinner

amy Source: RTÉ

She went on a date with James – the typographer who could “talk for Ireland”

james Source: RTÉ

And yes, he lived up to that reputation.

He enjoys chatting about the shape of letters, mostly

Meanwhile, Frederica was next into the restaurant

frederica Source: RTÉ

Donegal man Lee was her date for the evening

lee Source: RTÉ

His accent was the strongest Donegal accent imaginable, too:

James and Amy asked each other what their favourite meme was and bonded over anime

lee2 Source: RTÉ

SO MUCH IN COMMON.

Meanwhile, Frederica searched for her hand sanitiser before the food came

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Lee’s very Donegal response:

Ah, get out of it

She then asked about his, eh, doodle

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His… penis. Lee?

It’s working well.

Grand.

It’s going OK though, even if the audience is worried about the hand sanitiser

The doodle confused so many people

Frederica stood up for an awkward hug half way through dinner too

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It was morto for everyone watching, tbh.

Meanwhile, James and Amy got to the end of the date and the big question was waiting for them. Do they want to see each other again?

Both of them said yes!

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First Dates Ireland’s very first couple agreed to go on a second date – even though we learned later that they haven’t *quite* made it to the zoo together.

Frederica asked Lee what age he thought she was. He said 29, but she’s actually 25

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It didn’t go down well.

And when they got to the moment of truth, Lee had to break it to her that he didn’t see this going places.

It was only slightly awkward

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Frederica was a bit of a star though:

She’ll be back later in the series, too.

And Lee’s brutal honesty throughout was SO Donegal:

That look when she was leaving spoke volumes, though

Simon was next up – and he was looking for a man with certain qualities: bearded, brawny and bald

simon Source: RTÉ

Exactly like himself, then.

And Tynan fitted that description

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First impressions from Tynan was straight and to the point:

We’re like twins.

Fair assessment.

The maitre d’ thought they had serious chemistry watching on

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Simon shared some tough moments from his life over the last while, and Tynan and him seemed to be getting on VERY well. But the big question was still to come:

And of course they are going to see each other again

JASYS Source: RTÉ

YES.

And they’ve even been on a second date already

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The true love story of the night <3

It was the final contestant tonight that was to prove First Dates’ most controversial: Meet Darryl from Kildare

darryl Source: RTÉ

His date was with Amy from Wexford. She’s never been in a relationship before but she was looking for that special someone tonight

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Of course, Darryl was a landscape architect, which led to the first obvious gag of the evening

And GAA was mentioned too, of course

Amy tried to guess his, eh, favoured position:

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Viewers were a little skeptical of this fella, no doubt

Just as it seemed like it was going well

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Darryl broke the news that he saw Amy as more of a friend

friendsfirst Source: RTE

*hides behind the couch*

The lift ride and general atmosphere was THE WORST

But then Darryl hopped in a taxi and directed the driver to head to Coppers

coppers Source: RTÉ

WHAT.

The whole nation was watching and were devastated for Amy:

There was high hopes for them early on:

But the viewers absolutely turned on Darryl when he made that Coppers remark:

In summary, Amy was the true hero of the first ever episode:

Please let her return.

As an opening show, First Dates went down VERY well. The barman got major thumbs up too

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*applause from the viewers*

We’ll see you next Thursday night

This looks like it’s going to be epic.

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