“It’s an alternative to getting sex from apps or websites, or the old-fashioned way of going to a gay bar.
I would go there mainly for sex but also because you somehow get an enjoyment out of it.
Dublin is home to two of them: the Boilerhouse and the Dock, places where huge numbers of gay and bisexual men of all ages, forgoing smartphone technology, still go to have sex.
Kevin, who is 32, has been going to the Boilerhouse several times a year since 2012.
Dating and hook-up apps such as Grindr may have changed its dating scene, but one aspect of gay culture remains largely unchanged: its saunas.
Ireland has had gay saunas since at least the 1980s, although they’re rarely talked about in the mainstream media, or even in the LGBTQ community.
“Years ago when people got to their fifties they'd start thinking it was pipe and slippers time," says Paula Hall from relationship counsellors Relate.
Some have found happiness via the app, while others have had more negative experiences. Here’s what they shared – the good, the bad and the ugly. She started using Tinder about a year and a half ago.Looking at Tinder in more detail using four waves of data from August 2014 to May 2015 – a sample of 4,000 interviews – the gender split in Irish people using Tinder is about in favour of men.The app is most popular with adults under the age of 25: 24% of 15 to 24-year-olds have an account, compared to 6% of 25 to 34-year-olds. As part of our Sex Week series, spoke to several people about how and why they use Tinder.Yet, despite the numbers, past a certain age it does become difficult to meet new singles, especially if you are part of a mostly-married group of friends.Consequentially, more older people than ever before are turning to advanced matchmaking websites such as Elite Singles to find a relationship with genuine compatibility.