Speed dating belfast northern ireland
Happily though, I was bolstered by a couple of rather selfless friends offering to join me on the evening 'for moral support'.
Even then it took a couple of stiff drinks and not a little cajoling to get us all moving in the direction of the QFT.
Of the men there, I can only say that most of the women I chatted to seemed to think they were a fairly normal bunch.
The clichés about the creepy males who attend these events did have some foundation in truth, however.
Belfast is a small place after all and not all your exes are necessarily pleased to see you, especially within the claustrophobic confines of a speed dating encounter. When I blithely offered to attend the QFT’s rather spiffy movie-themed singles night on behalf of , none of these rather dreadful propositions occurred.
Men, it would seem, prefer to furtively hunt in the shadows, and behind the protective veil of online anonymity.One friend in particular made the ultimate sacrifice, forfeiting watching a ‘crucial’ Northern Ireland match to accompany me.It was a touching and - if you’ll pardon the expression - loin-girding gesture, the classically celebrated love two men can have for each other where one gives up his Saturday footie to accompany the other to a 35-50 singles night.To be fair, my friends’ ‘fight or flight’ instinct turns out to be a perfectly predictable male response in the face of such public exposure.QFT press officer and singles-night organiser Sarah Hughes explained to me the difficulties in getting men to sign up, something that was certainly evidenced during the evening by the uneven gender balance and the rather sinister/hilarious ‘holding area’ for spare women – where they waited until a table became available.