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Everyone fell in love with Paddy and Lauren on First Dates Ireland tonight

It’s BACK.

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FIRST DATES IRELAND was one of the breakout telly hits of 2016, and even though we’re only a couple of weeks into the new year it’s already back on our screens.

And it was quite the opening episode.

Matteo was the first person on screen

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He’s also back! Along with the bartender and everyone else from last year.

Promising.

The first two daters in were Lauren and Paddy – and both of them were on their first *ever* dates

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Their opening gambits were… interesting and adorable

We were liking this pair early on though, a potential match was definitely on the cards

Paddy guessed Lauren’s favourite TV show and her favourite musician ON THE FIRST GO

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This conspiracy runs deep.

How did he know?

There was a Monster Munch prediction later that also proved correct by him. The magician.

Paddy doesn’t ask for much in a partner, in fairness

Lauren spoke to Paddy about more than just Breaking Bad and Ed Sheeran though – as she told him about her cystic fibrosis and the loss of her little sister

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Everyone was rooting for her

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It was a quality date that moved from jokes to serious topics and back again.

Then when the moment of truth came… they both fancied each other!

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Oh thank god.

We were in love

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The first couple up were also one of the best we’ve seen

Patiently waiting for the update at the end…

They had some sad news for us

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But Lauren is back home now and “another date is on the cards”

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And RTÉ 2 updated everyone on Twitter to let us know that they’ve been to the zoo together since <3

The nation wants these two to work out

A quality opening night, with four matches in total

Unprecedented.

Paddy and Lauren, good luck lads <3

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