Changing face of Ireland

Applicants provided details on their hobbies and the kind of qualities you would look for in a partner. People who took part were paid a yearly subscription, which entitled you to "any number of introductions". But in recent years, there had been a noticeable decline in demand for the service which made it no longer viable, he added.

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In the last few years, it has varied from three to four marriages a year," he said. As the money from annual client subscriptions decreased, the service had to be supplemented in recent years by donations from dioceses around Ireland. According to Fr Farragher, the advent of online dating agencies, as well as dating apps have made it possible for people to meet a partner at the touch of a button. The closure doesn't indicate a fall-off in the demand for Catholic marriages.

This coming summer will be my busiest in Ballyhaunis in eight years with a wedding every weekend and sometimes two. At least three couples whose weddings I did recently or who are on my books told me they met through a dating agency. He regretted that couples who found love and marriage thanks to Knock Marriage Introductions were so "coy" about giving it public credit. Fr Farragher told the Irish Independent that other factors included the fact that as a Catholic agency, it could only accept clients who were free to marry in a Catholic church, thereby ruling out anyone who was separated or divorced.

As recently as , Knock Marriage Introductions was responsible for five marriages and there were three engagements in the last year.

However, according to Fr Farragher, the declining pool of clients was leading to problems. Weekly Podcast.


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