First Dates Ireland has been a success since its launch here in 2016. Now E4 is showing First Dates Abroad and it's a collection of the best first dates from Canada, Australia and, of course, Ireland. The Irish participants may be left squirming as their dates are now up for international scrutiny and the Brits had a lot to say about last night's episode.
The First Dates Abroad series kicked off with the first episode of season two of First Dates Ireland (what a mouthful). In fairness, the probably couldn't have picked a more iconic episode. First to face the fires of Twitter was Paddy and Lauren and here's a quick refresher of the pair's date:
The Brits were quick to highlight that Paddy's name was somewhat traditional and Paddy shared this notion on his own Twitter.
Unusual name Paddy Murphy #firstdates
— Lyn Juby (@lynjuby) October 25, 2017
My episode of #FirstDates is being shown in the UK...Paddy Murphy on Irish First dates...I'm doing Irish stereotypes no good
— Paddy Murphy (@PaddyKMurphy) October 25, 2017
Fans will remember from that episode Antonio tackling Sinead for a shift and, unsurprisingly, it did not go down well with the audience.
— SK (@susikabusi) October 25, 2017
The most uncomfortable moment from the entire episode came at the end when the worst case of friend zoning occurred:
and nobody could handle it.
Oh no brutal friend zone! #FirstDatesAbroad
— demelcy (@demelcy) October 25, 2017
Some Irish daters hoping to find love only need to book a cheap Ryanair flight as the Brits seem to fancy the pants off the Irish accent:
— laura gabell (@lauragabell) October 25, 2017
I love all these irish accents #FirstDatesAbroad
— #WANNABE (@HyoyeonObsessed) October 25, 2017
While others couldn't quite understand the concept of a country having different dialectics and regions:
These two speakin to each other in the same accent but she can't understand him? Even I can understand him an Im not Irish #FirstDatesabroad
— Jon P. (@Jonny_Chaos) October 25, 2017
A lot of people tried to get their heads around Ireland being considered 'abroad'which we're hoping is Irish people watching Channel 4 and not British people.
#firstdatesabroad is Ireland abroad?
— Francesca Bradford (@cesca_uk) October 25, 2017
Of course, a few sly digs were thrown into the mix as the Irish dating circuit was compared to one pretty famous show:
Please tell me someone else is watching the Irish First Dates. This is TV gold. It's like the undateables. I'm dying here... #firstdates
— nly the Physio (@mjrmassage) October 25, 2017
First Dates Abroad will air every Wednesday on E4.