First Dates: Limerick’s Lorraine laughed so hard on show she had ‘stomach pains’

Ryan O’Rourke


Ryan O’Rourke

‘‘I was laughing so hard I had stomach pains,’ says Raheen lady Lorraine

‘‘I was laughing so hard I had stomach pains,’ says Raheen lady Lorraine

A LIMERICK woman has been enjoying herself as her pursuit of love takes her onto  RTE’s First Dates.

Lorraine O’Connell, from Raheen, took part in the RTE matchmaking show, which is due to air this Thursday.

Lorraine, 51, has never been married and never had children. She explained how she ended up on the show.

“I called down to my friend one evening. We were chatting over a bottle of wine, and she said that I should go for it. Well after the wine was gone, I just went for it,” said Lorraine.

“I had forgotten all about it until the crowd organising the show called me out of the blue. It was a shock but I said I would go for the laugh,” she added.

In First Dates, single people from across Ireland come to the First Dates restaurant where they have a real blind date.

Lorraine was selected to star in the show from a selection pool of over 6,000 applicants.

“I just went up for the laugh more than anything,” she said. “I thought it would be a bit of craic. I frightened the crap out of your man they paired me with anyway,” said Lorraine.

“Before we started, they asked me what I was looking for in a man. I said a cross between Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp was fine, but he had to have the body of Wayne the Rock Johnson. I got none of these things,” she added jokingly. 

Despite enjoying herself, Lorraine said she didn’t connect with her date.

“I knew he wasn’t for me straight away. I think he knew the same, but we had a laugh. I enjoyed it so much. I was laughing so hard I had stomach pains,” Lorraine said. 

The show will air for the first time this Thursday, January 17, at 9.30pm on RTE Two.

“I am a bit nervous. It was filmed so long ago, I forgot what I said,” said Lorraine.

“The girls are all coming down on Thursday night, so we are going to watch it together. My mother is 85, but she’s going to stay up and watch it. She’s so excited,” she added.

Following the filming of the show, Lorraine has had some time to think about what her perfect date would consist of.

“All I really need is some good food and good wine,” Lorraine said.

“I’m a full bodied woman, and like a good red, I only get better with age,” she joked.

Lorraine has been a fan of the show since watching the British version on ITV.

“I really enjoyed watching it. Especially the older couples. I just feel like they have better conversations and more to talk about,” said Lorraine.

First Dates Ireland are currently looking for people for the next series.