With a declining population and a shortage of women in Kerry, is there a need for a matchmaker?

Bill O'Herlihy travels to Dún Chaoin, County Kerry to find out more about rural population decline, the lack of women, and the future of matchmaking.

In Dún Chaoin guesthouse owner Kruger Kavanagh is opposed to the idea of matchmaking for a number of reasons. He points out that Irish women don't want to stay in rural Ireland and would rather head to London or New York. When these women move to the cities, he says that they will meet their match and settle down without the help of any matchmaker. 

For Kruger, the population decline in rural areas is irreversible. People have to work to make a living and there is no work in rural Ireland. 

The Irish girls don't want to stay you understand on the farm.  They want to either head for Piccadilly Circus or for Broadway and to tell the honest personal truth I don't blame them.

This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 3 May 1968. The reporter is Bill O'Herlihy