Big hearted Kildare woman set to appear on First Dates tonight

Will Celbridge's Libby Sheehy find love

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Big hearted Kildare woman set to appear on First Dates Ireland tonight

Libby Sheehy on First Dates Ireland which is due to aired tonight

Will Kildare's Libby Sheehy, 65, find love on First Dates Ireland tonight?

The Leixlip lady is due appear on tonight's episode of the hit show on RTE two. When contacted by the Leinster Leader earlier today, Libby explained how her daughter Mary Kay had put her name down for the show without telling her.

"I think they put my name down because my children were afraid they were going to be stuck with me," she joked.

In fact, Libby almost missed out on the show because she had planned to be in Spain when it was being filmed. 

"I was supposed to be in Spain but I got a second concussion (horse riding injury) and my doctor said I couldn't go on a flight any longer than 50 minutes, so I had to stay at home," said the horse riding enthusiast. 

The B&B owner embraced the whole experience wholeheartedly and will be seen paired with gardener Julien, 69.  

The mum of six was impressed with the professionalism of the entire First Dates team and enjoyed the experience. Since her husband passed away in 1992, Libby had been on a few dates over the years, but never found a permanent love. She admits her and her family had their ups and downs and it was hard. 

"Things happen the way they are supposed to and it's okay to let things happen," said a philosophical Libby. 

Originally from Texas, she runs the stunning Springfield House B&B on the outskirts of Celbridge. 

She is acutely aware of the housing crisis and works with Focus Ireland to support homeless families. 

"We have five families at present and we have become a bit more careful with the screening since we started. We had a family with a special needs child with us for six months and they got a home. We have some Traveler families. We have one family with ten children and I wish I was as disciplined as they are. They are brilliant. They use our house as their home and I even walk two of the boys to school so it's like I'm their grandma," she said. 

"I think the important thing is to give people hope."

Libby actually became a granny in real life last Monday when Mary Kay gave birth to little Ethan. With lots of joy in her life, Libby is full of enthusiasm. 

Check out how she gets on when First Dates airs on RTE Two at 9.30pm tonight.