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Mairead Molloy, Berkeley International

We see member applications rise by 55% in December compared to a typical month. We then see a further rise of 65% in January, which is our busiest time of the year.

A recent survey of 10,000 people conducted by event organisers ChilliSauce* shows that 31 per cent of people think that Christmas Eve is the most romantic day of the year to propose, followed by News Year’s Eve, that’s preferred by 19 per cent.

These figures chime with the surge in matchmaking businesses experienced in the months leading up to the holiday season. Psychologist and global director of elite matchmaking agency Berkeley International Mairead Molloy ( explains why Christmas is an important time in the dating calendar.

Mairead Molloy says, “There is no escaping the fact that Christmas is one of the most romantic times of the year. When the temperature begins to drop into the minuses there is nothing better than spending a night in the company of someone you love. You can’t ignore that the festive season is special.

“As well as more people becoming engaged, a Facebook study* revealed more new relationships appear between November and March. December 24 sees 28% more new relationships than breakups whereas December 25 sees an increase to 34%.”

Mairead continues, “What’s fascinating is that all these figures chime with our matchmaking enquiries pre- and post-Christmas. We see member applications rise by 55% in December compared to a typical month. We then see a further rise of 65% in January, which is our busiest time of the year.

“A relationship should be a carefully thought out decision. If you are looking for something long-term then step away from the dating apps and don’t rush. You should take time to get to know someone. You won’t be able to know someone’s true personality with a seasonal fling. If Christmas is traditional, then why not dating?

“The discretion we provide at Berkeley International makes dating feel intimate, special and old-fashioned in a positive way. We take care to bring people together whose outlooks are compatible. We always make sure that our members are using our services for the right reasons and will meet someone who is like-minded.

“Unlike dating apps, all of our client activity is totally offline. Our website is simply a brochure. We introduce members to each other based on their personalities and values through written profiles. People who come to us are looking for a long-term relationship and a healthier love life.”

Berkeley International is a leading introductions agency for the world’s rich and famous. Their members include bankers, lawyers, CEOs of billionaire businesses, actors and celebrities. Based in London with offices worldwide, including Melbourne, Milan and Paris, their expert team seeks the best possible partners for their exclusive members.

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For further information, or to request an interview with Mairead Molloy please contact Tina Fotherby on 07703 409 622 or email or Adam Betteridge on 0333 344 2341 or email

Photograph of Mairead Molloy supplied.

About Mairead Molloy

Mairead Molloy is an expert in relationships and matchmaking and is the Global Director for Berkeley International, an elite matchmaking service which currently operates in thirteen cities around the world. Born in Ireland, Mairead studied at university in the UK and now lives in Cannes, France.

Mairead has been working in the dating industry for thirteen years and has worked as a psychologist for ten years. She has a degree in Psychology as well as a Masters in Criminology at Birkbeck, University of London. In 2006 Mairead became a member of the Division of Forensic Psychology at the British Psychology Association.

Mairead became Berkeley International’s Global Director in 2003 which first launched in 1998 and then expanded internationally in 2013. The agency now operates in a number of cities around the world including London, Melbourne and New York. In 2016, Berkeley International reached 5,000 members worldwide.

Her previous position was being the owner of a Provencal Hotel in Cannes, France called Hotel Florella.

Mairead is a versatile, talented and an intelligent, bi-lingual high achiever. She has exceptional people skills and has a proven track record of success in building and driving a diverse business.

The key element behind the success stories of Berkeley International is Mairead’s expert knowledge of human relationships, intuition and ability to listen and ask the right questions to get to the heart of the matter.

Mairead Molloy Timeline

1998 – Berkeley International was launched in London with 300 members
2003 – Mairead Molloy joined the team as Global Director
2006 - Mairead Molloy became a member of the Division of Forensic Psychology at the British Psychology Association.
2008 – Berkeley International became a member of the Association of British Introduction Agencies (ABIA)
2011 – Mairead Molloy achieved a Masters in Criminology
2013 – Berkeley International launched international offices
2016 – Berkeley International has 5,000 members
2016 – Mairead Molloy appears on Channel 5’s ‘How the Other Half Lives’ with Eamonn Holmes & Ruth Langsford and Channel 4’s ‘How to be a Socialite’.


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