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The Last Matchmaker: The heartwarming true story of the man who brought love to Ireland

Willie Daly

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

Willie Daly has helped hundreds of couples find love in his long career as 'the horse whisperer of matchmaking'. Now he reveals the secret to finding true love, and shares the story of his life bringing people together in love and marriage.

For centuries, Irish matchmakers have performed a vital service, bringing people together in love and marriage. It is a mysterious art, and the very best matchmakers have an almost magical quality to them. Willie Daly, whose father and grandfather were matchmakers before him, is the most celebrated of them all.
Each year his tiny home town of Lisdoonvarna (population 800) hosts a matchmaking festival that attracts 40,000 visitors from around the world. They all hope to meet Willie, 'the horse whisperer of matchmaking'. With his unique blend of intuition, quiet wisdom and a small drop of cunning, Willie has brought together hundreds of couples over the years. In The Last Matchmaker he recounts some of the best stories along with his own. The path to love can be heart-warming, hilarious, sometimes hair-raising - and Willie is the perfect guide.
The Last Matchmaker is a fascinating journey into the world of matchmaking and a timely reminder that the search for love is the greatest quest of all. And should the reader be looking for love, Willie has some hard-learned, practical advice to share...

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Willie Daly

Willie Daly thinks he was born on 1 April 1943, though he can t be sure because the priest who recorded the date was very fond of the drink . He has lived in Ballingaddy all of his life, and still lives next door to the 300-year-old cottage where he was born.

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