For some, it’s a bunch of roses; for others, a weekend away or a meal out. For others still, romance is a beer and a life time subscription to SKY sports. So to some extent romance is a subjective concept but with one day to go, if you are scrambling around for inspiration on how to show your love on Valentine’s Day you could always go to Tesco and put us on the map.

According to Tesco, lovers in Arklow, Co. Wicklow are the most likely to fork out on Valentine’s gifts. Romantic folk in Kilrush, Co. Clare and Celbridge, Co. Kildare appears to be the second and third most romantic counties in the romance poll and Dublin came last on the list but Donegal didn’t figure at all!

The survey was judged on the level of sales of romantic presents in stores and on a survey filled out by shoppers so according to me the results are eschewed. Everyone knows in Donegal you don’t head to Tesco if you are romantically inclined which is probably why we weren’t mentioned. So the Tesco survey proves nothing other than up here it’s different and we just happen to be much MORE romantic than their limited survey revealed.

But just in case any of you are uninspired and struggling at this eleventh hour to resurrect the romantic in you here are a few tips…

For Couples

Stay out of Tesco and petrol stations.

Okay…St Valentine’s Day is commercialised rubbish but sure it’s a great excuse to share the love…better than doing nothing and getting the silent treatment!

If your inspiration only stretches to the sweet counter, please don’t buy YOUR favourite brand of chocolates.

No household appliances please, unless an ‘unconditional no matter what’ contract  is signed up between you both beforehand.

Make sure you send your love to that special someone in your life…not a special someone in someone else’s life….that just complicates things!

Even though you may not feel all loved up, a simple gesture from you might make someone else all woozy. Go on! What’s the worst that can happen?

If you are thinking of booking a table…you have left it too late! Move on to Plan B quick!

You’re working! What do you mean you’re working?

For Singletons

Young?  Feeling old?  Single? Here is some inspiration from legendary matchmaker, Willie Daly, from Lisdoonvarna, for meeting your perfect match. At least this is what he told me one time when I had the pleasure of interviewing him…

Love is a wine of a rare vintage and is waiting for you to uncork and indulge.

Believe and you will find love and be happiness for the rest of your life.

If there is someone in your dreams don’t be afraid to open your arms and tell them that you love them.

Treat love with respect and it will respect you in return and you will enjoy the magic of romance.

Always hope that it will happen sooner than you expect.

Love can be around the next bend in the road.

Avoid looking at love through the eyes of another person.

Never quit looking.

Sometimes all you have to do is open your eyes a little more and love is there.

Where there is no love, add love and you will find love.

Ah…St. Valentine’s Day. Where would we be without this yearly reminder, Willie Daly and my helpful hints to share the love? Probably wandering round Tesco or at a filling station trying to choose which bunch looks the less wilted. Anyway, have a love…ly Valentines Day however you choose to celebrate it.