Daithí Ó Sé will host two fun events during the weekend.

ROSE of Tralee host Daithí Ó Sé will play matchmaker when he hosts a special Blind Date night as part of the West Cork Hotel’s Love and Marriage weekend in October.


The RTÉ star will also MC a Mr & Mrs Night on Saturday, October 6th as the hotel celebrates romance and marriage over the course of the weekend.

Sophia Breitkopf applying lipstick, with Kathleen O’Sullivan at the West Cork Hotel. Pic: Neil Danton

The hotel has also recently refurbished its once famous “Matchmaking Snug” which for many years was the centre of matchmaking for couples from across West Cork where parents would come together to match make their sons and daughters who often went on to get married in the hotel.


The hotel which has hosted more than 5,000 weddings since first opening its doors in September 1902 will also unveil their new resident matchmaker in October who will be on hand for private meetings with hopeful singles in The Snug to relive the good old days in a more modern way.


The West Cork Hotel has also pledged to award successful matches from their Blind Date night with a free wedding reception in the hotel if they get engaged within a year of the event.


To mark the weekend and the return of the snug the hotel also carried out a survey of more than 400 brides and grooms which found good old fashioned superstitions around wedding day rituals are still alive and well among Irish couples.


Although 59% of those surveyed said they did not buy in to old wedding superstitions, 84% believe it is bad luck to see your future husband/wife on the morning of the wedding while 62% said they wouldn’t dare leave the house without their something old/new/borrowed or blue.


With much speculation around the impending unluckiness of 2013, 87% of people felt that it was a lucky year to get married.


Evaleen and Colm O’Regan with Con and Kathleen O’Sullivan at the West Cork Hotel. Pic: Neil Danton

July and September came out as the most popular months for nuptials with January and May being the least popular months and 42% of those surveyed also said they had spent or would spend mo more than €10,000 on a wedding while 17% said they would spend more than €25,000 on their big day.


West Cork Hotel wedding coordinator Elaine Hill said, “The West Cork Hotel has a really strong history of hosting weddings and hopefully we can create many more future couples over our ‘Love and Marriage’ weekend.


“From our survey results, 89% believe that old fashioned romance is still alive and well and we hope to prove this on the weekend of the 6th and 7th October.


“Although only 32% said they would trust a matchmaker to find them a partner to marry, we look forward to matchmaking lots of ladies and gents in the Snug for many years to come with the help of our very own resident matchmaker,” she said.


For more visit www.westcorkhotel.com.