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Longways and geometric sets are more frequent among courtly dances.The patterns of the English country dances are similar to those of Irish set dances and of Scottish country dances such as reels and strathspeys.

For example, Daly has a neighbour on the next farm, in his seventies and still living with his 96 year old mother.Everyone wants, it seems, to speak to "The Matchmaker".In the massive ledgers and files scattered around his house, under the beds, tables, and on the floor, are contained the names of thousands of men and women, lonely, looking for a spouse.Applicants gain access only after a referral from an existing user and approval by a committee. FACEBOOK is taking on Tinder and by moving into online dating. Boss Mark Zuckerberg said he was introducing dating features to encourage “meaningful connection” and added: “This is for real long-term relationships, not just hook-ups.” Facebook will match people according to data collected from users.Willie Daly is the last of the traditional Irish 'matchmakers', matching lonely couples from around the world at the Lisdoonvarna matchmaking festival."And that," says Willie Daly, "is just one of the hundreds of sad letters I have sitting in my files." We sip warm, sweet tea in Daly's bungalow, overlooking the rugged patchwork of fields leading down to the Atlantic Ocean.

The land grows dark as I speak to the last of the Irish matchmakers. Twenty seven years on a 63 acre farm, living with his wife, seven children and 30 head of cattle, surrounded on all sides by the bachelor farmers of County Clare.

The famous Irish playwright John B Keane once summed up this blighted life, saying: "There are thousands of elderly bachelors in Kerry and hereabouts who have never once lain with a woman." Daly says that there are 28 men to every one woman living in the county, many like his neighbour.

In earlier times these bachelor farmers would have relied on the services of an uncle, brother-in-law or some other male relative to arrange a marriage with a local girl.

The step work of English dances, however, is simpler and the styling less formal.

Country dances from England were assimilated into the traditional dance of other countries—contredanse was at first based on English country dances and later evolved into independent varieties; by the 19th century it had spread to Germany and back to England.

The phone hardly ever stops ringing as we sit and talk in the casual squalor of his kitchen.