It'll be a bit of craic, if nothing else!

Things will be heating up in Dunfanaghy next month as First Dates hopefuls gather in Arnold’s Hotel. 

Singletons looking for love are in for an exciting weekend of mingling, music and maybe more on Friday 10th to Saturday 11th November in the seaside town.

For anyone hoping to find romance before the holiday season, First Dates Donegal could be your chance to meet The One, but you have to hurry! There are just three days remaining to get your entry in for Saturday’s First Dates Donegal Dinner and tell Arnold’s about your dream match.

Where can you sign up? 

Visit: to get the application form.

Arnold’s Hotel Dunfanaghy

First Dates Donegal, a first for the county, will be a weekend packed with fun and entertainment. People are encouraged to get out from swiping behind their phones and meet fellow singletons face to face!

Yes, you can book in for the weekend or you can just drop by and enjoy the fun and socialising and apply for the First Dates Dinner. You don’t have to be a hotel resident to take part.

The restaurant of romance at Arnold’s Hotel

Cathy Cowan of Arnold’s Hotel outlines the plan for First Dates Donegal: “Friday night we have drinks promotions, Mayo band Flat Out live and a 90s Party until late with DJ Dano.

“Saturday night is our First Dates Dinner and it will follow a similar format to the TV Show but no cameras rolling.

“After all the dates are over the party starts in the bar with The Humble Earthworms followed by a Late Night DJ Set with iRadio’s Louise Clarke until 2am.”

Flat Out


Non-Residents are very welcome to enjoy all the entertainment and fun of the weekend and are also permitted to apply for a blind date at Saturday’s First Dates Donegal Dinner. 

For those who really want to make a weekend out of it, you can book the exclusive First Dates Donegal Package for €135 per person sharing. Single Rooms priced at an additional €20 per night.

– 2 Nights Bed & Full Irish Breakfast
– Pre-Dinner Prosecco Reception
– 3 Course Gourmet Dinner
– A Blind Date
– After Party in Arnolds Bar til Late
Visit: for all the details. You never know, this could be the start of a beautiful romance!