IRELAND’S lesbian massage business is making a global impact after being dubbed the ‘lady of the internet’.
Karen Knecht, who opened the first massage studio in the UK last year, said she was “absolutely sick and tired of being in the limelight”.
“We are a real, genuine and genuine group of people, and I don’t think anyone in Ireland knows how we feel about ourselves, because we are so authentic,” Ms Kneecht said.
“There are a lot of people in Ireland who think we’re ‘others’ because we do this thing that is so unique and so unusual, but the fact is, we are all the same.”
Ms Kneetht said she had to “give a little bit of leeway” when dealing with the media because she “wanted people to know how special and special we are”.
“I think the media are always on our side, they don’t really care about us,” she said.
She said she felt like a “pig” because she had a boyfriend and the only men she had been attracted to were from “lifestyle clubs” and “bachelorette parties”.
“So I had to go and find someone, and we found him,” she told the Irish Times.
“I’m not the kind of person that is going to go out and try and do things on my own.
“If I am going to be a little pig, I need someone to support me, and to help me be a good person.””
Ms Hickey, who is married to the owner of the massage studio, said the company’s success was thanks to the community’s support.””
If I am going to be a little pig, I need someone to support me, and to help me be a good person.”
Ms Hickey, who is married to the owner of the massage studio, said the company’s success was thanks to the community’s support.
“We don’t need the media to tell us that we are special,” she added.
“It is amazing to me that so many people feel the same way about us.”
Ms Bagnall, who was not involved in the development of the company, said her business had “sold out” and that she felt “very fortunate to have found the right person to help make this business sustainable”.
“This is a woman who is passionate about her business and has built it up over a number of years,” she wrote on Facebook.
“She has been working hard for so long and has had to do all this for us, but we thank her and hope that she is a successful woman.”
Our hearts go out to her, and wish her all the best for the future.
“She said it was “disgusting” that people “don’t believe us”.”
It’s hard for me to believe that people don’t believe in us, and are not interested in the company as a whole,” she continued.”
But I have to say that we have had some amazing customers in the last few months.
“And they really love us and really care for us.”
The business has since attracted media attention.
It was featured on The Irish Independent’s website and on CNN’s Travel Channel.
“When it was first opened, we were very quiet and nobody really knew who we were,” Ms Bagnell said.
“But it turned out to be quite a bit of fun.”
You just start coming in, having a massage, and people come in from everywhere.
“She added: “There is nothing like it.
It’s very, very positive.
I have people come up to me and say, ‘I am from Sweden and I am here to get a massage’.
“I feel like I am a normal person and everyone is really nice and nice to me.”
People really respect our culture and our way of life and the fact that we don’t cater for everybody.
“The massage business has now grown from six to 16 locations across the UK, with four in Dublin.
Ms Bannigan said the media coverage had “absolutely changed our lives”.”
People have been telling us we have a real chance of doing well and that we should be doing well,” she explained.”
And that has been amazing for us.
“The fact that people are talking about us has definitely helped us out.”