Spring and Valentine’s Day bring on a surge of interest for young farmers to go on a quest to cross paths with someone a little extra special; that’s according to Willie Daly, who has been making matches for over five decades.
The ‘lucky love book’ now the property of the third-generation traditional Irish match-maker has been responsible for matching over 3,000 couple and he is firmly reassured that the “tradition is still well and alive” in 21st century Ireland.
“Matching has lasted through the decades. Sometimes, what surprises me is the age of the people who come to me. I feel that the opportunities are not as good for well- reserved women and women because of today’s social fixture.” Willie Daly, Matchmaker explained to Catherina Cunnane.
Using traditional tools of intuition, subtlety and an understanding of human nature, Mr. Daly utilises the skills that he inherited from his father and grandfather to perform his “magic.”
“My form is still extremely simple. It is a little bit like it was in the very early years.” Willie said.
The traditional match-maker believes that the Rural Isolation experienced in Ireland is one of the main reasons for pushing members of the farming in his direction, to seek love and happiness and to feel cherished.
“Farmers are a major part of nature and they have marvellous simplicity. This helps their mind to be nice, honest and trustworthy. They can make a woman or a man feel very special.” Willie said.
“Since the recession, farmers are well-sought after people. Farmers don’t always succeed and that is something that is very much governed by the fact that they are so busy in spring, with calving and lambing.” Willie stressed.
“This does inhibit their availability when it comes to organising dates, to go out to meet people.” He added.
A Good Catch
Willie is of the opinion that farmers make a good catch and an ideal other-half for several reasons.
“Farmers are important people and I think that is why there is such an interest in them. They feed the nation and I think the interest comes from a very basic fact relating to survival and that is food,” Willie explained.
“From the rural environment, farmers are physically active, but it is probable that they are romantically active for a lot longer well into higher ages too,” Willie said.
“A farmer has a very unconfused mind; it is not filled up with a thousand formulations that will not come to anything,” Willie added.
Regarding Valentine’s Day as the “ideal opportunity to allow love to blossom”, Willie encouraged people to "reach out" to each other on this special day.“Love is very special. There is such a thing as love at first sight when people meet and see each other. It is magical.” Willie concluded.
Photo: Website of Willie Daly.