"He thought because he had land, it would be no problem."But women have their own careers these days, they are very well educated. They are looking for companionship and fun and someone who can keep them on their toes." Ms Maycock, who founded the match-making agency with her husband and business partner, Feargal Harrington, said a lot of former "party boys" now in their late 30s are contacting the company after seeing their gang of friends settle down, and a sense of urgency kicks in.However, if your are still in doubt that men from the Emerald Isle are hot, here are 12 reasons to change your mind. The craic Also known as the ‘fun and good times that have been occurring’ – something that Irish men take great pleasure from discussing. Meaning that, regardless of looks, your average Irish man can spew out as much crap as he wants, and he’ll still be hot. Guinness The national drink and a diet staple for all note-worthy Irish men.So, instead of spending the evening moaning about a job they hate, your Irish date is more likely to ‘craic’ on with light-hearted chat and have you LOL-ing all the way to the bar. An Irish man won’t bore you ‘Remember that lock-in with the four Irish guys we met in Dublin? And with a massive 73% of women saying it’s a voice or accent that makes a man sexy, is it any wonder we are weak at the knees when the Irish start to talk – like Viagra for the ears. The negative is it’s packed full of calories and tastes like tar.“I would say a quarter of all our females are now non-Irish,” she says.Kenny also believes that many Irish men have to alter their dating techniques and behaviour in relationships because of the influence of other nationalities.
Oh, and one other thing, he must be able to play the bagpipes, or at least enjoy its beautiful sound.” Eh, good luck with that . Generally the stereotyping of the Irish male is stuck somewhere in the 1950s, a land where the men are tall, quiet and gentle, and excel in a natural chivalry.The firm then has to have a "realist" talk with the men over the phone before signing them up to their books, to save disappointment further down the line.Ms Maycock told the Sunday Independent: "There are guys in their 50s and 60s coming to us looking for a woman 20 years younger and we have to tell them there is absolutely no circumstances that dream is going to happen, but maybe we could look at someone five or 10 years younger." She added: "Quite a few guys are in competition with their friends.But how does the perception of Irish men by overseas women compare to the realities of dating an Irish male?Mary Kenny, a relationship counsellor who also runs a dating website, says that her service has noticed a large increase in overseas women seeking Irish men for relationships.