In 1983 the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival caught the attention of the world media as American ladies flocked to the town in County Clare in search of Irish farmers as potential husbands.

Michael Walsh reports from Lisdoonvarna where he speaks to American Marilyn O'Connor who predicts a budding romance with a sheep farmer from the west of Ireland.

Marriages are made in heaven, but... most people meet in The Matchmaker Bar

This report was broadcast on RTÉ Radio as part of the 'This Week' programme on 11 September, 1983.

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival (1967)
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival 1967