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“I believe that a significant part of our success is that our clients feel secure throughout the introduction procedure. After we process the questionnaires we try to match them based on age, location and educational level,” he said.
“We also look at height too. Certainly women don’t want to be with smaller men but we have to take into account the height of their heels!” He explained the process requires that a client must accept one of any three matches suggested, and mobile phone numbers are only exchanged when agreement is reached.
Cooney said that while he hoped all the applicants were practicing Catholics, clients are not asked a direct question about this.
Confirming the upsurge in thirty-something professional women signing up to the site, Cooney said the largest number of recent applicants were from Dublin, with Mayo, Galway, Cork and Waterford following.
New Dublin Mosque
DUBLIN City Council has given the green light for a massive €40 million development on the Northside which will see the construction of one of Europe’s largest mosques.
As well as a three-storey domed mosque, the development at Clongriffin will also include the construction of a primary and secondary school, a 600-seater conference center, mortuary, library and fitness center.
Permission for the development was approved subject to a number of conditions.
The mosque, a key element of the plans submitted by the Dublin Welfare Society, will cater for the growing number of Muslims living in Dublin.
The mosque element of the development will include a main prayer hall, prayer rooms, meeting rooms, general purpose room, crèche, bookshop, library and mortuary.
The two-story conference centre part of the development includes a reception foyer, 600-seat conference room, 130 seat-restaurant and 200-seat banquet hall.
A 16-classroom primary school and 12-classroom secondary school will also be built, as well as a fitness center with swimming pool, gym and 11 two-bedroom apartments.
Dublin Bay North TD (member of Parliament) Terence Flanagan said construction in Clongriffin has come to a halt and there were vacant sites in the area.
“This development will expand on the facilities available to local residents,” he said.
“I am confident that the condition included in the planning permission that the call to prayer is not audible outside the mosque area will be adhered to.”
Hef’s Galway Girl
A 21-YEAR-old Galway model has been invited to spend the summer in Los Angeles with Playboy boss Hugh Hefner.
Shahira Barry, who works with Assets Model Agency in Dublin, will travel to the U.S. in June and will spend weekends at the magazine publisher’s lavish mansion.
The Athenry model first visited his Californian headquarters in September following an invitation from Hefner, 86, who got married for the third time on New Year’s Eve. His new bride is 60 years his junior.
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