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Is Bailieborough really the most romantic town in Ireland?

Story by Tom Kelly

Friday, 8th February, 2013 5:02pm

Is Bailieborough really the most romantic town in Ireland?

Bailieborough is the most romantic town in all of Ireland - so says Tesco anyway.

More Valentine's chocolates and gifts are sold at the Tesco store in Bailieborough than in any other town in Ireland, mostly bought by wives and girlfriends. Over 1/3 of all customers in the store pick up a Valentine's Day treat for their other half in the week leading up to the most romantic day of the year, according to a statement from the supermarket giant.

Arklow in County Wicklow comes a close second, where romance is well and truly alive with men leading the way, buying more cards and flowers than at any other store in Ireland.

However, if you live in Dublin City Centre or Cork City Centre then don't hold your breath for a Valentine's card this year - these places have the least romantic inhabitants according to Tesco sales!

Avril Mulcahy, the Modern Matchmaker, commented: "This research has shown that women tend to plan Valentine's Day more as an event, picking up cards and novelty items over the two weeks leading up to the day, and choosing items such as candles and table accessories to really create a romantic ambience.

"Men however tend to stick to traditional gifts such as flowers and chocolates, and tend to buy their cards at the last minute. Over half of all Valentine's cards are bought at Tesco on February 13th and 14th, and almost a quarter of cards are picked up on Valentine's Day itself with sales peaking at lunchtime and 6pm."

Are you the most romantic man in Cavan?

Prompted by Tesco, The Anglo-Celt is now searching for the most romantic man in all of County Cavan. Please email with details of your romantic surprise for your loved one this Valentine's Day - also with a little bit of details about how you met and how long you've been together. We may just have a surprise for the man with the biggest heart!

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