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Daly conducts business in a pub.

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Then, sometimes with no more than a twinkle and a nod, he might introduce two people, buying a woman a drink or nudging a farmer toward the dance floor.

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His passion is to help hopeful singles, of all ages and nationalities, find a life partner and have a lot of fun on the way. He keeps these details in a large, overflowing book held together with tape and a shoestring, inherited from his matchmaker father and possessed, he says, of supernatural romantic powers if you touch Irish matchmaking festival 2015 with one hand, you will fall in love in six months; both hands, Irish matchmaking festival 2015 will be married in six months; and if you are already married, you will fall in love all over again.

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Daly makes matches by mail and by telephone, though visitors from as far away as New York have turned up on the doorstep of his County Clare farmhouse. Newsletter Sign Up Please verify you're not a robot by clicking the box. Daly said, even these businesslike arrangements had a gaiety he found infectious.

Back then, marriage was more of a practical matter.

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Continue reading the main story While the festival is on, Mr. With the harvest safely in and September being the peak holiday month, many bachelor farmers began to flock to Lisdoonvarna for a spa town vacation — and in search of a wife.

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And because of land inheritance rules, men were often decades older than their brides; love was expected to come later, with children.

You must select a newsletter to subscribe to. The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival has it all: Daly made his first match. Parents would bring their children together at social gatherings, sporting events and musical evenings — and all being well, courtships would blossom.

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Daly, who has just recently decided to learn how email works. Shortly afterward, they married.

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There were no motor cars and the matchmaking was conducted at horse fairs or cattle fairs or at weddings, and even funerals. You may opt-out at any time.

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Meet the Man Himself While the festival has moved into the 21st century, Willie still believes in the old fashioned method of round the table talks with couples and getting the passion flowing by getting them dancing together. This was the nineteenth century, and houses had no electricity or running water.

Please try again later. By the time he was 12, Mr. The opening of the West Clare Railway in meant Lisdoonvarna increased in popularity as a tourist destination and the matchmaking tradition grew.

Seeing that a farmhand named John had blushed when he walked past a young woman at Sunday Mass, and that she had blushed, too, he decided to help them meet. Advertisement Continue reading the main story At 15, Mr.

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