Given that the most dreaded day for singles (and some poor souls in relationships) is over, we can now afford ourselves the time to relax in the hazy aftermath of chocolate wrappers, wilting roses and melting hearts.
Whether you stayed in and watched reality television while weeping into your wine or hit the town with an ‘I’m single and I love it’ attitude last Friday, now is the time to put it behind you and move on bright-eyed and bushy-tailed into the abyss that is the Galway single scene.
See how I didn’t say Galway ‘dating’ scene? Frankly, in my opinion, there is no ‘dating scene’ in this city. I recently spent some time in New York where, albeit sometimes irritatingly, men would often approach women in bars, coffee shops, libraries or even on the street and ask them out on a date. It seemed to be a totally normal part of everyday life. I applaud such tenacity! Even though such dates may not ignite the sparks of a long lasting relationship, it’s still sometimes nice to get dolled up to go out to meet someone with the aim of getting to know them better. And, of course we can’t pass up the opportunity to talk about ourselves now, can we ladies? If the worst that can happen is you end up having a disastrous date, then it will still make for a good story to giggle about with your closest mates, (or write about in newspaper columns)!
Though Irish people might not possess the fearlessness of our friends across the water, we could at least try to drum up the small amount of confidence it takes to ask someone out. Men of Galway, I’m talking to you! Many ‘dates’ here involve going to the pub for a quiet pint which inevitably turns into too many pints, which then turns into drivel which leaves both parties scratching their heads the morning after, trying to recall exactly what happened while riddled with ‘the fear’. Follow this with a painfully awkward ‘see ya later’ or ‘I’ll give you a text’ and that pretty much sums up dating life in this beautiful city. Get it together people!
If there’s someone you fancy walk right up to them, bold as brass, and ask them out. Strip away the alcohol and take them for a coffee or lunch where the murky veil of the dreaded drink is completely removed and you can actually get to know the person. What have you got to lose?