Courting : Tractor Dates, Macra Babies and Swiping Right in Rural Ireland
Courting tells a variety of honest and touching stories of trying to meet ‘The One’ in rural Ireland, where the ingredients for successful dating – choice, proximity, free time and, for some, alcohol and anonymity – aren’t always guaranteed. Journalist Liadán Hynes travels from family farms to tiny islands, village pubs to remote communities, to sit down with childhood sweethearts, long-lost loves and singles, ever-hopefuls and lonely hearts, as they navigate this quest through tractor dates, Macra events, dating apps and more. They candidly describe swiping for love and moving for it, hooking up and settling down, all while inheriting a 24/7 farm job or coming out, returning to the home place or joining the pandemic exodus.
Revealing the importance of community, diversity and, above all, hope and resilience, Courting is an insightful window into dating (and life) in rural Ireland today.
Format: Trade Paperback