The firm then has to have a "realist" talk with the men over the phone before signing them up to their books, to save disappointment further down the line.
Ms Maycock told the Sunday Independent: "There are guys in their 50s and 60s coming to us looking for a woman 20 years younger and we have to tell them there is absolutely no circumstances that dream is going to happen, but maybe we could look at someone five or 10 years younger." She added: "Quite a few guys are in competition with their friends.
"But women have their own careers these days, they are very well educated. They are looking for companionship and fun and someone who can keep them on their toes." Ms Maycock, who founded the match-making agency with her husband and business partner, Feargal Harrington, said a lot of former "party boys" now in their late 30s are contacting the company after seeing their gang of friends settle down, and a sense of urgency kicks in.It's not talked about, but it is at a subconscious level.They want to be seen as successful in all areas of their lives."They want to inspire a little bit of envy in their friends, so their mates can say 'God, he's done well for himself, I want what he has'." One 65-year-old farmer with a lot of land contacted the agency and thought he would be able to snap up a woman much younger than him because a neighbour in his 50s married a woman who is in her 30s."He thought that was the norm, but we had to tell him that was the exception rather than the rule," said Ms Maycock.