After a crash and burn date for Matthew last week, the exceedingly tall Co. Down man is back in the restaurant of lurve on tonight’s First Dates - and he’ll be hoping that love is lovelier the second time around.

Soft-spoken Matthew, who has three dogs and "digs holes in the road and annoys half the country" for a living, meets "old school" Cork woman Aoife, who, luckily enough has a thing for exceedingly tall men (don’t we all?).

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She’s a medical scientist from Middleton who has been burnt by love in the past and decided that going on a blind date in front of the whole nation would help her find Mr. Right.

Aoife has been burnt by love in the past 

"The main reason I went on the show is that I’m very unlucky when it comes to love," she told RTÉ Entertainment.

"I’ve been in one not great relationship, very toxic, and it affected the way I view myself and the way I view men! Hahaha. Now, I’m not saying that all men are terrible because they’re not!"

When we’re introduced to Aoife on tonight’s show, she says that she feels lonely. "I’m looking for love to a point because I’m afraid of opening myself up to it for fear of getting hurt again but my hours in work are crazy," she says.

"I do 24-hour shifts a lot, I work very, very hard and it’s just taking up a lot of my time. I don’t participate in these dating apps because I just don’t agree with them.

Matthew: "Digs holes in the road and annoys half the country" for a living

"I’d much prefer to go out on a night out and have a proper conversation rather than sitting there glued to my phone. There’s enough of that going on already. I’m very old school."  

Her first impressions of Matthew were good. Very good. "When I met him first, I thought he was very handsome. Good-looking guy and I just wanted to get to know him more. He was very nervous though, the poor thing but I was nervous too. Hahaha.

"I didn’t understand that he had been on a date before on the show. He said he’d been in the restaurant on Friday but I just assumed her was there for lunch or something! I was just glad I got to go on date with him."

Aoife added that she would recommend the First Dates Ireland experience to everyone. "Absolutely 100%. I had the ears burnt off my friends at a certain point. I said, `I’m going to go on a blind date in front of the nation - am I mad?’ I’m so glad that I did."

First Dates Ireland is on RTÉ2 on Thursdays at 9.30pm

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