A young student from Carlow captured our hearts and smashed them into a million pieces when he talked about his struggles as a young gay man in Ireland on last night’s episode of First Dates Ireland.
18 year-old Tadgh was paired up with 18 year-old Zack from Offaly and the two discussed what it is like for them being young gay men in Ireland.
Tadgh melted our hearts when he began to talk about how he had never had a romantic relationship and how he sometimes can feel lonely.
‘It’s not possible to say all the time, “I’m proud to be gay.”’#FirstDatesIRL pic.twitter.com/v7HjhPUcQ3
— RTÉ2 (@RTE2) January 24, 2019
“Ya, I do. It usually just happens after a night out.
“You just get in such a pit of loneliness and you’re like, oh my God, like, genuinely am I worth anything?
“It’s not possible to say all the time, ‘I’m proud to be gay’, it’s not possible, cause there are moments when you’re like, why.
“It’s taking me a while to be able to talk to lads, even straight lads.”
Tadgh added, “I am proud of who I am, I am really proud of my personality and I am proud of being gay, but it’s not the main thing about me. Me as a person, Tadhg, is who I am.”
People on social media were quick to praise the 18 year-old, with one person writing on Twitter, “Tadhg doing Carlow proud on
#FirstDatesIRL I’m blown away by how self-aware and courageous he is for such a young man.”
Tadhg doing Carlow proud on #FirstDatesIRL I'm blown away by how self aware and courageous he is for such a young man ❤️
— Rachael Doyle (@RachNiDhuill) January 24, 2019
Meanwhile, others expressed their urgent desire to make the ADORABLE young man happy:
Awww Tadgh ??? I want him to find somebody so bad ???#FirstDatesIRL
— Laura Dooley (@LDools91) January 24, 2019
Tadgh also explained how he dressed in drag for a secondary school show and got the “chaypest red dress from Penneys”, and Twitter was so here for it.
I got the chaypest red dress from Penny's. #Classic I wanna go for pints with Tadhg #FirstDatesIRL
— Mandingo (@McGuyver123) January 24, 2019
After their date, the two agreed to go on another date, saying that they “had a lot in common”, and we could not be more thrilled!
First Dates Ireland is on RTÉ 2 on Thursday nights at 9.30pm.
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