Courting | Paperback | By Liadán Hynes

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  • Courting: Tractor Dates, Macra Babies and Swiping Right in Rural Ireland
  • Pages: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Liadán Hynes
  • Publisher: New Island Books
  • Publication date: 03 October 2022
  • Category: Love & Relationships, Rural Life
  • Size: 21.5 x 13.5 x 2cm
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Courting: Tractor Dates, Macra Babies and Swiping Right in Rural Ireland by Liadán Hynes


Looking for love - the most human quest of them all - has been transformed in recent years, with new technology removing the need to be in 'the right place at the right time'. Dating has never been more convenient, varied or disposable and we Irish have taken to it with gusto ... and not just in cities.

Courting: Tractor Dates, Macra Babies and Swiping Right in Rural Ireland tells a variety of honest and touching stories of trying to meet The One in a rural setting, where the ingredients for successful dating - choice, proximity, free time and, for some, alcohol and anonymity - aren't always guaranteed. Liadán Hynes travels from family farms to tiny islands, village pubs to remote communities, to sit down with childhood sweethearts, long-lost loves and singles, ever hopefuls and lonely hearts, as they navigate this quest through tractor dates, Macra, dating apps and more.

They candidly describe swiping for love and moving for it, hooking up and settling down, all while inheriting a 24/7 farm job or coming out, returning to the home place or joining the pandemic exodus. Revealing the importance of community, diversity and, above all, hope and resilience, Courting is an insightful and unique window into dating in rural Ireland today. 


‘A gorgeous journey into the very heart of Ireland . . . I was fascinated by all the different and heartwarming experiences in these true stories.’ Angela Scanlon

'A book that smashes rural stereotypes on every page and brings the truly hard work of modern love home. Fascinating and insightful.' Muireann O'Connell

‘A rare and special book, Courting weaves a charming tapestry of how love really happens in modern Ireland, brightly stitched with Lia Hynes’s characteristic warmth and empathy. A gem.’ Doireann Ní Ghríofa, author of A Ghost in the Throat

About the Author

Liadán Hynes is a journalist who lives in Dublin with her young daughter. She writes for a number of publications including the Sunday Independent, the Irish Independent, and Image. Liadán hosts How to Fall Apart: A Podcast About Picking up Pieces, which examines how people coped, or didn’t cope, during the difficult times in life. Her first book, the bestselling How to Fall Apart, was published by Hachette in 2020. She is also a founding member and editor of online magazine, Rogue Collective.


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