Much of the nation is watching Blind Date - the response is epic 4 years ago

Much of the nation is watching Blind Date - the response is epic

Sunday, October 8: the day that Blind Date Orish-style debuted.

Yup, with a certain Al Porter at the helm, the dating show kicked off in style.

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Apparently, the show had been inundated with applications - both for contestants and audience members - and certainly the Sunday evening's airing was full of animation.

The Helix in Dublin played host to the show: the very first couple of pair up was Dionne and David - with Dionne looking stunning in a full-length, sparkling gown, and David keeping it casual in a white long-sleeved tee and jeans.

We also met Hayley and Daniel - who had jetted off to Lisbon during the summer. Although the duo have yet to squeeze in a second date, Hayley promised Daniel that she'd make time to see  him again.

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The second batch of hopefuls include Niamh from Kildare, Jennifer; a former Miss Navan, from Meath; Ciara, a waitress from Blanchardstown in Dublin.

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Vying for their attention was Gary, 27, from Tallaght. Still living with mammy - Gary goes to the gym six or seven times a week. Indeed, he showed off his strength by lifting host Al into the air.

In the end, he couldn't resist No.2 - Co. Meath's Jen. And the pair were sent to Barcelona for a romantic trip.

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Aisling is a mum-of-four and is from Newbridge. Ray hails from Tallaght, is a life coach, and is a dad-of-three. They had the pleasure of going to Tayto Park on their date.

They had a picnic on the grass and seemed to get on great... although Aisling wasn't overly impressed with how romantic the day was.

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Indeed, she reckoned Ray was a little bit OTT and ultimately "not for her".

Otherwise, Twitter is predictably alight with commentary on the airing - with plenty of viewers happy to chip in their tuppence worth.

And while the show has already been filmed (over the summer), Blind Date was broadcast from a Tallaght location for Al Porter.