First Dates' first ever sign language date warmed the hearts of the nation

In a first for First Dates, the show played host to a date conducted entirely in sign language and we loved it, writes Sally Gorman.

Last night, John, a member of the deaf community and Stephen, Mr Gay Ireland, met in the First Dates restaurant but not for the first time.

The pair actually recognised each other on arrival and immediately starting signing - much to Charles' delight as he is used to communicating with a hearing person via text messages.

24-year-old Stephen decided to undertake deaf studies at college after growing up with a major speech impediment.

The date went swimmingly and melted hearts across the country along the way.

The couple managed to restore all faith in humanity when they agreed to go on another date but much to our dismay Stephen emigrated to London shortly after their appearance on the show.

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Nevertheless, it was by far, one of the most heartwarming pieces of Irish television we've seen.

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