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Tallaght Musician Looking for Love on TV3’s Blind Date

After spending many years gigging across Ireland as well as internationally, Tallaght man Ian Byrne is no stranger to the limelight.

The talented musician has been performing for many years but recently decided to take his showmanship to the small screen and applied to appear on TV3’s new show Blind Date.

Ian told InTallaght that as a “born entertainer” he is not nervous about appearing on the second episode of the show which will be hosted by fellow Tallaght man Al Porter.

Due to his busy schedule the singer explained that he finds it very difficult to meet genuine women and because of this he is looking forward to the opportunity to meet his ideal partner.

He said: “It can be hard working late nights and weekends, women are always weary of musicians and I don’t think my entertainment side on the stage does me any favours! My ideal date would be a nice romantic meal ,few glasses of wine and off to see a live band somewhere – I love to see another band do the job on my night off.”

Ian is also an avid Shamrock Rovers supporter and has played numerous gigs at the club as well as several popular venues in Temple Bar and locally in Tallaght.

Earlier this year, after returning from Andorra where he spent time performing, the Tallaght man decided to start his own business and began Citywest Painting and Decorating.

Ian believes that even if he doesn’t find love on the show it will be a good opportunity to showcase his talents and earn him some publicity.

He said: “I’m known to be one for getting out there and pushing myself and I had lost that hunger for some time but now it has returned!”

When describing his ideal match on the show the musician and painter decorator said: “I’m hoping to meet a good looking positive, honest and sincere woman who wants to go and paint the town red with me!”

The show, which was made famous by original host Cilla Black, will be presented by Tallaght comedian Al Porter and will begin on TV3 on Sunday, October 8th at 9pm.

Al said: “Since I was a kid on stage in the Olympia all I’ve ever wanted to do was cheer people up and entertain as many people as possible. I remember watching shows like Blind Date with Cilla as my Mam ironed and my Nana laughed and it doing just that – cheering us all up!”

He well be joined by Tara Flynn who will be the voice of Blind Date and is excited to get started on the show.

She said: I am so delighted about being the famous sidekick in Blind Date, I have very fond memories of my Saturday nights in front of the TV watching the legendary Cilla having a lorra lorra laughs! Myself and Al Porter are going to have so much fun on such an iconic show.”

Al Porter with Comedian and actor Tara Flynn