March 28, 2011

A JUDGE yesterday rejected a damages claim against a Co Donegal dating agency by a woman who said she had not found romance.

Annmarie McBrearty (35), of Oldtown, Letterkenny, told Donegal District Court she was introduced to four men through the The Happy Matchmaker agency without finding romance, today’s Irish Times reports.

Judge Kevin Kilrane dismissed her claim for €6,348.99 for negligence, breach of duty and fraudulent misrepresentation.

Ms McBrearty told of paying €600 to the Ballintra-based agency in January 2009 for introductions to 12 men.

The paper reported that she met one man in a coffee shop near Argos in Letterkenny for 30 minutes.

When she reached to give him a peck on the cheek in “a polite goodbye” she claimed that “he put his arm around me and as I leaned forward he put his tongue down my mouth. I was disgusted. It was not that we were going to start snogging in a shopping centre in the middle of the day.”

The Irish Times report said Mary Mitchell told the court of her screening system before matching couples. She said since the case was publicised she had received threatening calls. The judge said Ms McBrearty, was not vulnerable but articulate and well able to state her case. “Four men were introduced to her and they all appeared to be within the range of compatibility.”

Full report here: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0329/1224293299141.html