Passions ignite once more as young hearts, lively suitors and slow burners come together for a smouldering new series of First Dates.

With everyone in the restaurant on a blind date, nerves are always running high. But on hand, as always, with encouraging words and matchmaking savoir faire are Maitre’D Mateo, master-mixologist Ethan – ably assisted by Alice, Pete and Libby.

In a first for the restaurant, double daters Mary and Martina (45) from Limerick are twins who don’t share the same taste in men. Will Mullingar men clean-cut Sylvester (45) and dashing master stonemason David (45) whet their appetite?

(Picture: RTE) Will Mary or Martina have a successful date?

Animation student Eric (24) from Limerick worries that his stammer might ruin his date with Ashley (25) from Donegal but it seems romance knows no such impediment.

(Picture: RTE) 24-year-old Eric is worried about his date

And unrepentant ladies’ man Barry-John (24) from south Dublin meets his match in the form of feisty model Katarina (25) from Laois.

(Picture: RTE) Will ladies’ man John charms have any luck?

So prepare for an intoxicating blend of romance, flirtatious faux-pas, doorway malfunctions, fluttering nerves, and the tantalising prospect of second dates as the First Dates restaurant turns up the heat with a fresh intake of hopeful singletons.

First Dates Ireland, Series 5, begins on RTE Two 9:30pm on the 9th January 2020