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"We'd seen the success of bigger online dating and social networking sites, and it had shown that online dating was actually quite cool now, and that people were doing it not because they had to, but because they wanted to," Lucy says.
MATCHMAKING: Muddy Matches, an agency specialising in arranging friendships between country-loving folk, is spreading its net in Ireland 'I stopped counting after 100 couples, to be honest, and I probably get three or four people a week writing to us to tell us they've met their match' MY MUDDY-TOWNIE RATIO is , according to UK dating website Muddy Matches, which has recently launched in Ireland."As country girls ourselves, we felt that if we were looking for boyfriends or friends, it would be important to us that they share the same interests," says Lucy, who at 29 is the younger of the two.This is how the sisters came up with Muddy Matches, an online dating site and social networking community specifically for those of a country bent.People always ask us whether we take the best ones for ourselves, but we have a policy of not dating those on the site." Yet some of its magic must have rubbed off on the Muddy Match creators, given that since the launch of the site both girls have found romance themselves."We've since matched ourselves up with muddy people, but not via the site," says Lucy.
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"We were doing a show and a couple came up to us and said 'Hello, you don't know us but we met on your site.' " Lucy admits she was moved - "It's a really wonderful feeling" - but refuses to be called Cupid, reminding me that the sisters don't match people themselves, but instead allow their members to make their own choices. The site can also confirm its first marriage, which took place in May, no mean feat after only 18 months in business.