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Lisdoonvarna ‘When Love Comes To Town’

BBC ALBA – Thursday 14th February, 9pm

Lisdoonvarna ‘When Love Comes To Town’

BBC ALBA - Diardaoin 14 Gearran, 9f

Alana NicAonghais | Alana MacInnes

FINDING LOVE IN LISDOONVARNA ON BBC ALBA

Love is in the air for Valentine’s Day on BBC ALBA as presenter Derek ‘Pluto’ Murray heads to Europe’s biggest matchmaking festival in search of romance for two Gaelic girls who, to-date, have been unlucky in love.

The fate of Alana MacInnes (Uist) and Charlotte MacKay (Edinburgh) hangs in the balance as Derek travels to the spa town of Lisdoonvarna, Ireland, home of the annual Matchmaking Festival.

Being a small farming town in County Clare, the men of Lisdoonvarna outnumber women 14 to one. For decades now, people have attended the festival to meet their mates.

With over 35,000 singletons from around the world descending on County Clare, Derek is under pressure as he goes head to head with the festival’s fourth generation official matchmaker, Willie Daly to try and find the girls a perfect match.

Music student and piper Alana is looking for a tall guy with a good sense of humour, whilst Celtic studies student Charlotte is preferably looking for a Welsh man with dark hair and blue eyes.

Lisdoonvarna ‘When Love Comes To Town’, follows the girls as they go on dates with potential suitors from Australia and America, exploring the local attractions in nearby coastal village, Doolin.

Throughout the programme, Derek ‘Pluto’ Murray meets the characters behind the festival’s success including Marcus White, festival organiser, and Pat ‘Cass’ Cassidy and Jolene Ireland who gained the titles of Mr and Mrs Lisdoonvarna 2002 respectively, as well as husband and wife, Cecily and Albert Lawlor who met at the festival over 40 years ago and have been back every year since.

Will love be in the air? Find out when Lisdoonvarna ‘When Love Comes To Town’, produced for BBC ALBA by Demus-HG Productions, is transmitted on Thursday 14 February at 9.00pm.

Lisdoonvarna – Bheil gaol ri lorg ann an Lisdoonvarna?

Thig còmhla ri Derek 'Pluto' Moireach 's e a' dèanamh air an fhèis matchmaking as motha san Roinn Eòrpa, a' feuchainn ri gaol a lorg dhan dhithis nighean òga Gàidhealach, Alana NicAonghais à Uibhist a Deas agus Charlotte NicAoidh à Dùn Èideann.

Tha dùbhlan mu choinneamh Derek 's e a’ farpais ri Willie Daly, fear a th' air a bhith a’ ruith na fèise ainmeil matchmaking ann am baile beag Lisdoonvarna ann an Èirinn agus a tha e fhèin a’ feuchainn ri daoine fhaighinn còmhla. Gach Sultain tha Willie trang, le còig deug thar fhichead mìle duine bho air feadh an t-saoghail a' sireadh gaol agus a' dèanamh air an fhèis ann an Conntaidh Claire.

’S e baile beag ri tuathanachas a th' ann an Lisdoonvarna ach le ceithir fireannach deug, gu aon bhoireannach, chan eil e furasta bean a lorg. 'S ann air sgath sin a thòisich an fhèis. Ach an tèid gaol a lorg dha na caileagan no an tèid gnothaichean bun os cionn? Leanaidh sinn Alana agus Charlotte 's iad a' coinneachadh ri Steve à Astràilia agus Shawn bho na Stàitean Aonaichte agus iad a' gabhail cuairt tro bhaile Doolin a tha faisg air làimhe.

Dè tha Alana agus Charlotte a’ lorg anns na fir aca? ‘S e fear àrd, le deagh nàdar aotrom, aighearach a tha Alana, a tha na pìobaire agus na h-oileanach ciùil, a' sireadh. Ach thug a màthair rabhadh gu feum e a bhith math air èirigh sa mhadainn air sgath ’s nach bi Alana fhèin air a cois gu meadhan-latha.

Tha Charlotte na h-oileanach ann an eòlas Ceilteach, agus i a’ lorg fear às a’ Chuimrigh, le gruag dhorcha agus sùilean liath - ciamar idir a gheibh i fear mar sin ann an Èirinn?

Mar phàirt den obair aig Pluto, le uallach air deagh chompanaich a lorg do na caileagan, coinnichidh e ri caractaran na fèis, mar Marcus White a bhios ga chuir air dòigh gach bliadhna, Pat Cass Cassidy - Mr Lisdoonvarna 2002 agus Jolene Ireland - Miss Lisdoonvarna 2002.

Cluinnidh sinn cuideachd mu shoirbhicheas na fèise le Cecily agus Albert Lawlor a choinnich fad dà fhichead bliadhna air ais, a phòs agus a tha a-nis tilleadh ann a h-uile bliadhna. Abair suidheachadh ge-tà nuair a dh'fhoillsich am mac gun robh e gu bhith a’ pòsadh aig an dearbh àm sa bha an fhèis a’ dol air adhart - sùil cò ghlèidh am batail sin?

Chithear Lisdoonvarna – When Love Comes to Town a chaidh a riochdachadh le Demus-HG Productions airson BBC ALBA, air Diardaoin 14 Gearran aig 9f le ath-chraoladh air Diluain 18mh Gearran aig 10.30f.


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