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Stupid Cupid First Dates Ireland's Aran and Tinder Swindler prove romance is truly dead

First Dates Ireland took its own ill-fated stab at match-making when it paired accountancy student Kirsty with wannabe rapper Aran on the latest instalment of the reality show.

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Tinder Swindler

Tinder Swindler

Tinder Swindler

For the sake of his mental health, I hope poor Cupid wasn't watching RTÉ2 on Thursday night.

The ancient Roman god of love is typically shown shooting dainty golden arrows in the direction of lovelorn singles around this time of year.

But it seems he may need to bring out the big guns to inspire a bit of romance in Dublin this February 14.

First Dates Ireland took its own ill-fated stab at match-making when it paired accountancy student Kirsty with wannabe rapper Aran on the latest instalment of the reality show.

Let's just say opposites do not always attract, after the 23-year-old soldier, whose puddle-deep wish list in a partner included "nice legs, nice bum and nice teeth", decided that the telegenic 20-year-old was not his "type" after all.

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Aran and Kirsty on First Dates

Aran and Kirsty on First Dates

Aran and Kirsty on First Dates

The Dubliner became public enemy number one - or at least to those tuned in to the car-crash date - when he insisted Waterford woman Kirsty answer first about the prospect of a second date, before eventually admitting he had no interest.

Sadly, being a gutless wonder on national television is the least of today's bad dating behaviour.

Over on Netflix, new documentary The Tinder Swindler may be an even greater advertisement for sologamy this Valentine's Day.

Currently number one on the streaming service in Ireland, it reveals how Israeli conman Simon Leviev allegedly scammed women he met on the dating app out of €8.8m over two years.

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Tinder swindler Simon Leviev. Photo: Tore Kristiansen

Tinder swindler Simon Leviev. Photo: Tore Kristiansen

Tinder swindler Simon Leviev. Photo: Tore Kristiansen

Suddenly, lying about your height or age - the top two fibs in the online search for love, according to research - doesn't seem like such a deal-breaker.

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In a sign of the times, Gardaí even had to take a break from modelling their new uniform this week to warn women, who account for more than 70pc of romance fraud victims, about ruthless Tinder swindlers operating in Ireland, after one 51-year-old was cheated out of €90,000 by a man she thought she was in a virtual relationship with.

They needn't worry about me - I'll be suspicious if the postman delivers so much as an anonymous Valentine's Day card on Monday.

It's a sad way to have to operate, but in a world of cat-fishing, bread-crumbing, ghosting and even "rejection violence", single men and women alike must now have their red-flag radar on at all times, or like hopeful Kirsty, end up regretting your "initial instinct" that your date was "full of shit".

Ahead of the international day of love, as per usual, we're being blitzed with television shows, magazine articles and radio segments on how to find - and keep - The One.

Forget dying alone, I nearly died of second-hand embarrassment during Friday night's Late Late Show, where the annual smug fest included celebrity architect Dermot Bannon explaining how he "got the shift" after going on Blind Date in 1998 and (separately) a marriage proposal.

Speculation is rife that Adele is also celebrating on the double after sporting a huge rock on her engagement finger at Tuesday night's Brit Awards, where she scooped Artist and Album of the Year.

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Adele on the Brit Awards red carpet (Ian West/PA)

Adele on the Brit Awards red carpet (Ian West/PA)

Adele on the Brit Awards red carpet (Ian West/PA)

With the number of women choosing to be single rising in every age range under 70 though, where are all the TV shows and articles on how to be on your own in a world designed for couples this Singles Awareness Day?

A rare example was Aimée Lutkin's recent article, "I'm 37, I might be single forever - and I'm happy with that", which had fellow spinsters everywhere nodding along as she detailed how she had "let go of chasing something external" to "invest more in cultivating an internal life".

Cheers to that - and never, ever going on First Dates.

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