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Why things are far from hopeless when it comes to love in the time of Covid

It’s been a year like no other and as with most other things, the world of dating has been turned on its head. But while things might seem bleak on the romance front, experts told Claire O’Boyle that things are far from hopeless when it comes to love in the time of Covid

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Claire Hughes pictured at her Castlecaulfield home

Claire Hughes pictured at her Castlecaulfield home

Stephen Hamilton

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Claire Hughes pictured at her Castlecaulfield home

Claire Hughes runs award-winning matchmaking business Soiree Society — and says despite the challenges of lockdown, people are still looking for love and she’s helped connect three long-term couples since the pandemic began.

Back in March we thought this was all going to be very temporary,” laughs Claire. “We stopped matching on March 18 — but it didn’t take long for us to figure out we’d need to find an alternative way of working.”

In fact by early summer Soiree Society was running virtual dates for its clients, with the company’s male relationship adviser Paul Clarke introducing would-be couples online before leaving them to find out of the virtual sparks would fly.


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