A speed dating evening in aid of Brú Columbanus will take place in Killarney

Love will (potentially) be in the air at the Killarney Avenue Hotel next month, on Friday July 1 at 10pm, when the venue hosts an evening of speed dating in aid of the Brú Columbanus charity in Cork.

The evening is hosted by Causeway man John Martin Carroll, who has raised money – with great success – in the past for the charity which provides away-from-home accommodation for the families of hospital patients University of Cork.

John, addressing The Kerryman on Monday said the evening was for those who were tired of using dating apps such as Tinder and trying to meet people in pubs and nightclubs and wanted to give people a chance to meet someone in a new and different setting.

“There are a lot of singles and we’re back after COVID now, but it’s very, very difficult to talk to people inside a nightclub and it’s worse then for a guy like me who don’t drink, it’s like being in a different country than all the others with a different language. That’s how I feel,” he said.

“So that got me thinking and I thought of a speed dating party where you can sit down, chat, converse with someone for five to 10 minutes and see what happens,” he said. he continued.

All the money raised during the evening – a donation of €20 is enough – will go directly to Brú Columbanus, a charity that John says is close to his heart.

“They have done so much for my family, friends and other relationships. I always love raising money for them,” said John of the charity.

So what will people get for their €20 a night?

“We’ll all meet first in the front bar, laugh, speed date and if it doesn’t work out for people, we’ll go to the Grand Hotel and have a little laugh. a dance and a little crazy. he has said.

“Killarney Avenue was great again. They gave us their function room to use for the event, they donated it for free which is great. We have the room for two hours and so for anyone who donate – it’s €20 overnight – they will have two rounds of speed dating,” he continued.

“It’s more socializing than anything. It’s not about pressuring people. It’s about doing something different and I think change is good. That’s how I do it. If you keep doing the same thing over and over again, you’re gonna go crazy so tonight will be a good opportunity for people to mix things up,” John concluded.

If you would like to join in the evening, you can message John on WhatsApp on 097 123 3251.

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