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Willie Daly has been setting people up in County Clare, Ireland for over 50 years. Willie’s grandfather started a matchmaking business in the town, as the population was very small and the town was far away from big cities like Dublin.

Great Big Story find out how people in the town come to Willie if they’re looking to settle down. Willie has a special book that’s filled with the forms that people fill out when they come to him looking for love. The book is over 160 years old, as it’s the same one that was first used by his grandfather when he started the business. Willie says the book has magic powers, as any single people that touch the book will be married within 6 months.

Ireland's Matchmaker Has Been Setting People Up For 50 Years image of Willie Daly

We learn about the charming tradition of matchmaking in the area and how important it is to the small community of County Clare. Willie reveals his matchmaking secrets to us as well. He says that timing is always key, as are a few pints of Guinness! It’s a lovely short doc that shows us the world of matchmaking pre-Tinder.

Great Big Story|Willie Daly|Documentary

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