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For example, Daly has a neighbour on the next farm, in his seventies and still living with his 96 year old mother.
A potential match appeared to be going well until the neighbour came up to him one day with a sour look on his face.
In earlier times these bachelor farmers would have relied on the services of an uncle, brother-in-law or some other male relative to arrange a marriage with a local girl.
However, farmers who were dependent on the death of their parents for the inheritance of a small farm were often unable to marry young.
Daly asked what was wrong: "Willie," the man replied, "she's grand but me mother doesn't approve." And the match ended there and then.
Negotiations would take place to settle the size of a dowry, whether one set of parents or a brother or sister would still live with the newly weds, the amount of land thrown into the deal and the cut or fee taken by the matchmaker.With the recent death of Dan Paddy Andy O'Sullivan in County Kerry, said to be the greatest matchmaker and accredited with putting together 399 marriages in his lifetime, Willie Daly is the only traditional matchmaker left in Ireland. Yet he is not the driving force behind matchmaking.The real problem facing many of those living in rural Ireland, particularly men holding to the land, is that the younger generation have by and large departed for the city.Willie Daly is the last of the traditional Irish 'matchmakers', matching lonely couples from around the world at the Lisdoonvarna matchmaking festival.Now his daughters are taking over the business, run from his farm in County Clare, in the west of Ireland.