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Lovelorn get lessons in the fine art of flirting

EVERYONE has the ability to be a good flirt but if you don't use it, you lose it.

Practice makes perfect and that's the message modern matchmaker Avril Mulcahy, right, will be giving the lovelorn who attend her workshops on the art of flirting at a music festival this weekend.

The flirting workshops are just one of the quirkier items on offer for revellers at the first Valentia Isle Festival that's taking place on the south Kerry island.

And just like the stunning setting, the organisers are promising a one-of-a-kind boutique festival, featuring music, crafts, art installations, artisan food, holistic therapies and opportunities for matchmaking and mingling.

"Flirting is a mindset and not a dirty word," says Avril.

"A lot of people think they can't do it but my attitude is that everyone can but you have to practise it and do it every day. Men fall in love with their eyes and women fall in love with their ears," said the singlelista.ie matchmaker.

"Irish men definitely are lacking confidence, which they often try to make up for by using alcohol. Whereas Irish women need to understand that unless they dress to impress, they're on a one-way ticket to nowhere."

Irish Independent