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NZ's Inaugural Matchmakers Festival Confirmed

New Zealand’s Inaugural Matchmakers Festival Confirmed.
September 25th – 29th 2002

The echo’s of ‘to be sure, to be sure’ are bound to be heard thick & fast at New Zealand’s Inaugural Matchmakers Festival in September. The brainchild of stalwart Irish publican Noel Kernihan of The Claddagh Irish pub in Newmarket, the Matchmakers festival has bought together this landmark location with it’s cousin The Clare Inn, Balmoral. Add a touch of support from Bulmers Original cider & plenty of blarney and you have all the ingredients for a great festival.

“The idea was hatched over a few pints of Bulmers at The Claddagh” says Noel “We wanted an event that was truly Irish, but with a touch of kiwi & plenty of craic”
Designed to coincide with the traditional Matchmakers Festival held every year at Lisdoonrvarna in County Clare in September, the New Zealand version will capture plenty of good craic with authentic Irish matchmakers, plenty of Bulmers Original poured over the bar and hopefully kiwi singles all looking for the luck of the Irish when it comes to finding love.

The festival build up kicked off Sunday 4th August at both venues, “Sunday sessions are a part of Irish life & having matchmakers Sunday’s means we have an extra special reason to have some craic & enjoy a few quiet ciders” say’s Maree Buscke – NZ Marketing Manager for Bulmers Original. “We are proud to be associated with this festival & hope we can help find that loving feeling for kiwi singles & I’ve told Noel I’m at the top of the list to be matched!”

The concept in the lead up weeks is very simple, with both venues encouraging like-minded people to mix & absorb the warm friendly Irish atmosphere & there is plenty of entertainment and specials to help relax patrons. The Festival itself will see both bars with their own in house Matchmakers who get would be couples together and make introductions. The entire event will be capped off with a HUGE Matchmakers hoolie the final Sunday September 29th.

It will prove to be a busy time in the Irish social calendar as hot on the heals of the Bulmers Original Matchmakers Festival will be the Australasian Gaelic Games, also held in Auckland.

For more details contact:
Maree Buscke – NZ Marketing Manager, Bulmers Original
Email: buscke@harvest.co.nz
Mobile: 027 248 7731


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