Friday 20 April 2018

Irish farmer (92) hoping to finally meet ‘the one’ in Lisdoonvarna: ‘My ideal woman would be able to dance the razor blade’

Mick (92) is hoping to find love at the annual Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival
Mick (92) is hoping to find love at the annual Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival Newsdesk Newsdesk

A 92-year-old farmer is hoping to finally meet the woman of his dreams at the annual matchmaking festival he has attended every year since he was 23.

Tipperary man Mick Burke revealed that while he fell in love several times at Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, he has yet to happen upon the woman of his dreams.

“I never married. I had a lot of lucky escapes. I fell in love with several women I met in Lisdoonvarna. I used to go home with a pocketful of phone numbers – this was my fodder for the winter! I would go out on dates and to dances but had no notion of getting married,” said Mick, from Borrislea.

“I had a few girlfriends over the years. Once I was going out with a girl at home but I broke it off before I went to Lisdoonvarna – when I came back that was the end of that relationship.”

“Back then, Lisdoonvarna and the month of September were known as the farmer’s holiday – lots of bachelor farmers would come looking for a wife. There was a real rush to get the hay in so you can go to the spa, as it was known in those days. Lisdoonvarna was the place to go for a holiday and people would be looking forward to it all year.”

The farmer revealed that he had several meetings with legendary matchmaker Willie Daly, but a suitable partner was never found.

Mick (92) pictured with Matchmaker Willie Daly at Lisdoonvarna
Mick (92) pictured with Matchmaker Willie Daly at Lisdoonvarna

“There would be lots of women from American back then, looking for a rich farmer. I had 200 acre sheep farm. Once I was dating a woman from Dublin and she came to visit me on the farm; it was particularly bad winter and we got snowed in for a few days. After the snow thawed she got straight on a train back to Dublin and that was the end of that. I think the remote location put a lot of women off.

“I always said that if I had met someone that would have been the end to my trips to Lisdoonvarna,” he said.

Mick admitted that it’s best to come to Lisdoonvarna without expectations, but holds out hope he will meet his soulmate.

“My ideal woman is someone who is good company and able to dance the razor blade dance… don’t think she has been born yet.  I have to go as far as my eyes can see.”

 “I love coming back every year, meeting old friends and dancing and there’s never any trouble here. I would say the best thing about coming to Lisdoonvarna is to come with no expectations and you will never be disappointed,” he said.

The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year and will run until October 9th. For more information visit

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