Thursday 18 July 2019

Matchmaking brought back to life in talk

Blarney and District Historical Society Presents an illustrated lecture entitled: 'Matchmaking Customs of Ireland' on Thursday, February 7 at 8pm in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School) where the guest speaker is Mr. John Arnold.

Matchmaking tradition goes back a long way into the ages of the Irish people. People actually believed that these matches were made in heaven even though some of them could also be like hell on earth.

Every locality had its own professional matchmaker who brought together somebody's daughter and her prospective husband. Talks began to decide the fortune to be paid to the prospective bride and the number of cattle which might go to a farming bride-groom.

These two 'young' people may never have seen each other before, and it made no difference whether they liked or disliked each other on meeting.

Today, the matchmaker and his profession has almost disappeared, with the exception of one or two areas in the country.

For this talk, the guest speaker is John Arnold, who is an acclaimed folklorist who will take us through the almost forgotten customs of match-making.

Everybody is welcome to next Thursday's talk; non-members €4.