Hooking up and falling in love has never been so futuristic and convenient, but the runners and riders change constantly. Once upon a time, people used to meet their new beau by catching eyes across a railway platform, an introduction from a mutual friend or striking up conversation in a dark room filled with inebriates and blaring techno music. Thanks to the glorious advent of dating apps, those days are long gone. The likes of Tinder, Bumble and Grindr allow you to spiel cringeworthy one-liners wherever you please and handle the inevitable rejection from an equally remote location.
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The Catholic Church in Ireland is investigating claims that trainee priests at one of its seminaries have been using the gay dating app Grindr. The review follows reports earlier this month that Catholic priests at St Patrick's College in Maynooth, County Kildare, were using the mobile app. The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said at the time that the app "fostered promiscuous sexuality" and was not appropriate for priests.
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