Two male farmers made an impact on the second series of ‘First Dates Ireland’. Now, more are being encouraged to take part in the third series.

Suckler farmer, Jamie Cuddy, from Laois, met up with Lisa Fogarty, who was reared on her family’s farm in Co Waterford, and who classed herself a ‘real country girl’.

While there was great craic and banter about “fussy heifers”, that all-important spark proved elusive.

Also featuring on series two was George Beattie who was fresh from the family farm at Blessington, Co. Wicklow. He was matched with Amanda Keane from Co. Tipperary.

Although they went out a few times since the show, the pairing didn’t go the distance.

A spokeswoman for Coco TV, the company which makes the show, said that thousands of singletons have applied to take part in the upcoming series. However, there is a shortage of men, particularly in the 50-plus age bracket.

“We have more applications than ever, and lots of great women. We would love to match them up with interesting men.

We take the matching very seriously. We can’t guarantee that couples will fall in love, but they will have a great evening.

Encouraging farmers and rural dwellers to get involved, she said taking part in the reality dating show brings people out of their comfort zone, into positive new experiences.

“People whose paths would never normally have crossed, get to meet. It’s very exciting. There are lots of laughs and people have such a great time.

“Some couples from past series are still together. People won’t necessarily find their forever match. However, involvement gives people confidence.

“They might have had bad experiences in the past. Taking part in ‘First Dates Ireland’ encourages them to get back onto the dating scene,” the spokeswoman added.

Participants must be over 18-years-old and must not have had any previous criminal convictions. Further information is on: