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The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is great friendly fun, and as they say ‘the craic is mighty in Lisdoonvarna'.

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Irish women are very good-natured, friendly and responsive.

Indeed, the girls like talking, it's very easy to become acquainted with them.

Woman in Ireland can only rely on tools that spouse may allocate her something to keep house and children.

Even if all the savings, which is the family, earned by a woman and a man has nothing to do for it, the wife still can not use these tools to solve her issues without her husband's permission.

After the harvests in September, young farmers from all over Ireland would shuffle into Lisdoonvarna to find themselves a potential wife, with the help of the ‘basadoiri' or matchmakers.

This tradition is upheld today by fourth generation matchmaker (and horse dealer) Willie Daly and today the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is one of the largest matchmaking events in Europe attracting some 40,000 hopefuls and festival-goers, over the month.

The small spa town of Lisdoonvarna, with a population of around 800 people, has attracted visitors from all over Ireland to its mineral springs, since the 18th century.

A long held traditional in this central town on the southern edges of the scenic Burren area, is the matchmaking festival.

Held at weekends throughout September in venues throughout Lisdoonvarna, the festival events include traditional Irish dance and music, speed dating, horse racing and culminates with the Mr.