A 'bumper' crop of weddings is on the way, predicts matchmaker
LEGENDARY matchmaker Willie Daly is expecting a 'bumper year' for weddings for those attending this weekend's Lisdoonvarna festival opening.
After almost 50 years of pairing up prospective partners, Willie, pictured, explained that the conditions are right for an excellent year for those looking for love at the festival "after a bumper harvest year for farmers".
The month-long festival at Lisdoonvarna gets under way this weekend and is billed as Europe's largest singles festival.
"It has been a very good Summer in the fields with the harvesting and the farmers can prepare for the festival in comfort.
"A good harvest year always makes for a festival that produces quite a few weddings," said Willie.
The north Clare farmer said that women are due to arrive in good numbers from overseas to meet Irish farmers at the festival.
He said: "There is quite an interest in the Irish male. He is a very pure kind of person - maybe it is living on an island - but that is a scarce enough commodity in the world right now.
"The Irish male also has a nice philosophy on life, and that helps makes the Irish male very attractive to women from across the world."
Willie will be spending the next month in the town making fresh entries into his fabled match-making book.
"The book is a little bit shook looking at the moment, but it is a very lucky book and if you grasp it both hands, there is a good chance that you could be married in six months," he explained.