While the rates tend to be similar for men and women up to age 45, it seems that by the late 40s (the divorce rate peaks at age 48) the number of separated and divorced women outstrips their male counterparts.

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Of course, given that most of our guests are between 35 and 65 anyway, there will be plenty of other over 50s with you during a holiday with us, so you get the best of both worlds: there are plenty of people your age to spend the holiday with and you might even discover that some of the younger people are great company as well.

Many single people in their 30s and older find bars and clubs hostile environments in which to meet somebody, and can find themselves increasingly isolated and lonely as the rest of their friends pair off, settle down and have children.

It lets you set up your profile in as much detail as you like, and encourages you to add a photo or 2.

Of course, it lets you search the profiles of other mature people all across Ireland, or even just those who are right around the corner from you.

You’ll also have a delicious meal, a night in a lovely hotel and, if you feel like it, a dance! These trips take place over a weekend so you get more of a taste of what Friendship Travel singles holidays are like, and can find out why we think travelling with a mixed age group is much more fun than singles holidays for over 50s or holidays for singles over 40.

The feedback we get from all our guests tells us that, even if they were sceptical before hand, people find our mixed groups much more fun than they’ve found age-specific holidays.

she believes that increasingly, single women in their 30s and 40s who genuinely want to settle down and have a family, are marrying older men in their early to mid-50s.

Men are agreeable to this, she says, because many bachelors who have turned 40 and are thinking about settling down tend to become very fussy about age.

Rena Maycock (33) and her partner Feargal Harrington (29) from Kinsealy, Co Dublin, who were introduced by Feargal’s brother, set up Intro Matchmaking (intro.ie) in 2011 and have more than 1,000 members on their books.

Still, many of us understand that with maturity comes a bit of grace, restraint and attention to detail that few of us had in our 20s, and not overly many of us had managed to scrape together even in our 40s!

It was an amazing experience overall and the kick up the arse I needed to get back dating again,” he says.