First Date #55 – How it’s going

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“She had parked out back, so I walked with her to the car. She offered to give me a lift back to my house…”


We arrived at my house, and I went to give her a hug (and possibly a kiss). My lips were greeted with one of the most amazing kisses I’ve ever had! 😘 I guess the date went well after all. After an incredible make-out session, I stumbled into my house, collapsed on the couch with Brownie and Linc and started breaking down what just happened. I eventually texted FirstDate55 to see if she’d like to go for a walk on the weekend (something that she was into) and she said that she would. We walked Brownie around Kilkenny on Saturday and then we climbed Brandon Hill (the highest point in County Kilkenny) on Sunday. The following week, we saw each other 4 times. The following month we saw each other dozens of times. And we’re still seeing each other.


In January, we had our First Date, climbed Brandon Hill, and watched a play at the Watergate Theatre.

In February, we walked the cliffs of Dunmore East (Waterford), celebrated our first Valentine’s Day together, and she started coming to my board game nights at The Front Room.

In March, we celebrated our first Paddy’s Day, watched a Queen tribute band and got COVID together.

In April, we toured the Midlands of Ireland (Laois and Offaly), explored Inistioge (Kilkenny), and visited Kilsheelan (Tipperary).

In May, we saw Mahon Falls (Tipperary), went to the lighting of bonfires on the Hill of Uisneach (Westmeath), and she took care of Brownie and Linc while I went to California.

In June, we took her campervan to Portumna (Galway), climbed Brandon Hill again, and camped in Fethard-On-Sea (Wexford).

In July, we camped in Redcross (Wicklow), watch Kilkenny lose in the All-Irelands 😢, and explored Dungarvan (Waterford).

In August, she went on a yoga retreat to Spain, and then we camped in Ardmore (Waterford) and Arklow (Wicklow).

In September, we saw Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre, went to County Mayo for my birthday, and camped in Graiguenamanagh (Kilkenny).

So far, we’ve definitely seen more of Ireland than we had before.


While I’m fairly certain I’ve gone on my last first date (the goal of this blog), I will continue the blog on a weekly basis for a little while at least, maybe through the end of the year. I’ll continue writing about things that work and don’t work for me, suggestions on where to go and what to do, and what’s happening with me and 55. I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey. It was hard work, but it was worth it. I’m happy – we’re happy – and that’s enough.

(Still dating)