Irish love rats seek web fling
THE numbers of frustrated middle-aged Irish partners seeking extra-marital affairs surged in the run-up to Valentine’s Day.
MaritalAffair.ie, a leading UK-based website for love cheats, said over 2,000 new Irish members – one in four of which are female – have signed up to their service since the start of the month.
And the site’s chiefs said they expect the figure to soar by the end of the month, following the anticipated fallout from what is supposed to be the most romantic day of the year.
Paul Graham, founder of the service, said: “Ireland and Australia are probably are best-performing territories at the moment. On average, we’d have between 1,500 and 1,800 new members a month from Ireland, but since the start of February we’ve already had 2,000 sign up.”
Graham said his service typically caters for bored husbands and desperate housewives in their 40s or 50s.
He said: “Valentine’s Day can often be the last straw for couples who have grown apart and the time that bored partners decide to look for the joy and fun that’s eluded them at home.”
Meanwhile, chiefs of leading charity Relationships Ireland have predicted their therapists will be inundated with calls next week following Valentine’s Day.
Tony Moore, a counsellor with the service, said: “If a relationship is on the rocks, Valentine’s Day brings huge tensions and often proves to be the final straw for couples who are not getting on.
“A lot of couples see Valentine’s Day as a time to make one last effort at salvaging their relationship, but more often than not the big romantic dinner falls flat on its face.”
He also said that love rats are more likely to get caught out tonight than at any other time of the year.
He added: “If a man is playing away, then he will have to keep to keep two people happy on Valentine’s Day. Both his wife and his lover will want to be with him and the lover is more likely to exact revenge on Valentine’s Day than on any other day.”