"They understand the importance of non-materialistic things more than the Irish do," Eli says.
Another couple who found love across the cultural divide are Simon and Anna who met while working in the Conrad Hotel in Dublin in 2004. A big plus for Simon in the relationship is getting to visit Germany regularly to see Anna's family.
"I think I'd have been drawn to Katherina if she was Irish too.
But her being Austrian adds a little spice to things.
Basically you either regard a foreign relationship as hard work, or as exciting and worthwhile.
He adds that there are fewer differences between Austrians and Irish people than you would think. She loves the relaxed and friendly nature of the people. The really difficult part of our relationship was the long periods spent apart.
ROMANCE is on the rise between Irish people and foreign nationals.
Every weekend, more and more Irish males seem to have a European stunner -- one of the 120,000 non-Irish living here -- on their arm.
" Sam adds: "The idea of where to live is still an issue for Katherina and me.
"Katherina and her friend lived in Ireland for a few years and have adopted much of our Irishness. "She admires Roddy Doyle and Tommy Tiernan, enjoys putting on an Irish accent. Maintaining a relationship over the phone was really difficult," Sam says.
Another Irishman, Eli Kelly from Dublin, is dating Kamila Banach from Poland and they met while working at Dublin airport.
"There always seems to be more of a hidden agenda with Irish girls as opposed to foreign girls.
Whenever I encountered girls from elsewhere, I found them a breath of fresh air," says Simon.
Kamila, who lives in Santry, came to Ireland a year and a half ago.