Irish farmers prove a hit with the ladies
Farmers are back in demand among the ladies of Ireland this St Valentine's Day, according to one of the country's top matchmakers.
While the rural male slipped down the dating popularity ranks during the Celtic Tiger, he is now making a serious comeback, said renowned matchmaker Willie Daly.
"During the boom, the ladies on our books were all looking for building contractors, accountants and engineers," recalled Mr Daly, from Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare.
"Today, you wouldn't hear a mention of a builder or an engineer. Farming and farming incomes are stable, even improving, and farmers are seen as a good, solid catch these days. Farmers are back in vogue."
And it appears that the Irish farmer is not only sought after at home, but also in Europe.
"I did a 31-venue tour in Germany and Switzerland last November and the girls there had a huge interest in Irish men and Irish farmers," added the third-generation Co Clare matchmaker.
"We had attractive girls with top degrees and careers like vets and doctors all enquiring about Irish men," he said. "And they wanted mainly farmers."
It seems the Irish man has a fantastic reputation abroad that appeals to European ladies.