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In this age of instant internet hook-ups and Facebook flirting, the matchmaking festival at Lisdoonvarna, in County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland, offers eligible singles, the opportunity to look out for some love. The festival is held every year in the month of September, and attracts thousands of visitors from all over Europe. The festival is unique in the sense that, in the hustle and bustle of modern life, it takes us back in time, when young and shy Irishman farmers, after their harvest, used to come down to Lisdoonvarna, in the hope of finding a potential wife. According to hotelier Marcus White, from Lisdoonvarna, “One of the problems of modern life is people spending too much time in front of computer screens and not getting out and meeting people. You won’t find romance stuck in front of a screen”.

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