How will the Irish be celebrating Valentine's Day this year? As the annual celebration of romance approaches, RTÉ Archives looks back 5 years to 2009, when Laura Fletcher reported for RTÉ News on Valentine's Day in a recession and the spectacular ranking of the Irish in two surveys. The Irish topped the poll of sexiest nationality for both men and women in a survey carried out by online dating website anotherfriend.com. Meanwhile, the results of a survey for book publisher Mills and Boon showed that the Irish regard themselves as the third most romantic nationality, after the Italians and the French.
In this RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 February 2009, Clare Somerville of Mills and Boons says she thinks the poll is "telling us that we could do with a few more Irish heroes in our books". Quentin Fottrell, agony aunt on 'The Ray D'Arcy Show' and author of 'Love In A Damp Climate: The Dating Game... Irish-Style" believes that "romance is actually better in a credit crunch".