Big match to spark bachelor shortage
on 25/09/2013 00:00:00
And they fear the number of single males in the Co Clare spa town will drop to its lowest level for years this weekend, when thousands of locals head to Croke Park to cheer on the county's hurling stars in the All-Ireland final.
Local matchmaker Willie Daly said: "The festival has been very successful this year. It's probably busier than it's been for a good number of years, because of the good weather and the influence of The Gathering.
"But we've a shortage of bachelors. A lot of American women have flown in and they've said there just aren't enough Irish men to go around. A lot of these women are dreaming of finding romance with an Irish fella, but they're struggling to find one this year.
"So if there are fellas out there who want to find a match, they'll never have a better chance than this weekend, because the American women will be falling over them."
Willie, 71, a third-generation matchmaker, said that since the end of last year's festival, he's conjured up around 300 successful introductions.
This year's festival runs until Oct 7.