"What is love?" was a question posed to one of the daters on the first episode of the new season of 'First Dates Ireland', and we think Haddaway said it best because last night's episode was like getting shot in the heart.
It was an emotional rollercoaster for everyone as we went from joyfully watching young couple Paddy and Laura successfully go on their first date ever to suffering the heartbreak of watching Richard be crushed by Timmie's rejection.
In case you missed it, this was the moment it all went south.
Horrific. Stung by Richard's pain, Twitter was where everyone went to vent and seek solace.
First Dates Ireland hitting me right in the feels tonight #FirstDatesIRL ðŸ˜Â?
— Mich (@Michdoyle_) January 19, 2017
#FirstDatesIRL is breaking my heart! Poor Richard! What a crappy thing to happen to such a lovely man ðŸ˜“
— Emer Hough (@emerhough) January 19, 2017
— Sean (@SeanCarroll191) January 19, 2017
My âÂ?¤went out to Richard. Any decent person would have spoken first if not interested ffs! Not cool Timmie. #FirstDatesIRL
— Elaine Sears (@illier) January 19, 2017
#FirstDatesIRL richard was such a nice person. Better off without that Timmie diva.
— Ann Marie Kennedy (@ceolgra) January 19, 2017
To the gentleman who came out at 39 and didn't have a role model...YOU are the role model! #FirstDatesIRL
— Ian Fahey (@ian_fahey94) January 19, 2017
Verdict of the night? That Timmie lad was an out and out prick, left Richard pay, made him talk first then crushed him #FirstDatesIRL
— johnny osullivan (@putlock) January 19, 2017
The unspoken rule is that if you aren't interested, you go first. Dickish move #FirstDatesIRL
— dave keane (@DavidmKeane) January 19, 2017
I'm sorry if you know you're going to turn someone down for a second date why would you make them go first? It's so mean ðŸ˜ #FirstDatesIRL
— lyd (@cherlookit) January 19, 2017
Why timmie did you let Richard speak first when you knew you didn't want to see him again! So mean! #FirstDatesIRL
— Roisin (@RoRoSuperRo) January 19, 2017
— Sue Jordan ðŸÂ?' (@ItsCherrySue) January 19, 2017
The unwritten rule of #FirstDatesIRL if you're not interested, you don't say to the other person 'you go first' to set them up for a fall ðŸ˜¡
— Tom Flynn (@tomflynnphoto) January 19, 2017
That was so so cruel, WHY make him answer first if you're going to reject him!? Horrible #FirstDatesIRL
— rachel (@racheleustace) January 19, 2017
— The Galway Player (@GalwayPlayer) January 19, 2017
I'd be crying too if I'd paid for that eejit's dinner. #FirstDatesIRL
— Susan Jackson (@susanejackson) January 19, 2017
— RTÉ 2FM (@RTE2fm) January 19, 2017
The lesson from tonight's #FirstDatesIRL is that really hot folk can have quiet dating lives
And Portuguese lads lob the gob unexpectedly
— Will Leahy (@willleahy) January 19, 2017
Those wondering why there was no update on the last couple Antonio successfully swallowed her whole at the 2nd attempt R.I.P #FirstDatesIRL
— Philip Wade (@philipwade85) January 19, 2017
Fuck dating seems hard. Celibacy is way forward #FirstDatesIRL
— Niall Breslin (@nbrez) January 19, 2017
It wasn't all heartbreak though, as RTE gave us an update about Paddy and Lauren after the show aired.
— RTÉ2 (@RTE2) January 19, 2017
And at least we have Maitre D' Mateo, the one constant shining light in all this heartache, to keep us going.