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If you are looking for a charming and funny film that showcases the beauty and culture of Galway, you might want to check out The Matchmaker, a 1997 romantic comedy starring Janeane Garofalo, David O’Hara and Milo O’Shea. The film tells the story of Marcy Tizard (Garofalo), an American political aide who is sent to Ireland by her boss, Senator John McGlory (Jay O. Sanders), to find his long-lost relatives and boost his Irish-American vote. However, Marcy arrives in the fictional village of Ballinagra during the annual matchmaking festival, where she becomes the target of two rival matchmakers, Dermot (O’Shea) and Millie (Rosaleen Linehan), who try to pair her up with eligible bachelors. Along the way, Marcy meets and falls in love with Sean Kelly (O’Hara), a local journalist who is investigating the shady dealings of the senator.

The Matchmaker is a delightful film that mixes romance, comedy and social satire, with witty dialogue and quirky characters. The film also features some stunning scenery and locations in Galway, where most of the filming took place. Here are some of the places you can see in the film:

– Roundstone: This picturesque village in Connemara was the main setting for Ballinagra, where Marcy stays at a bed and breakfast run by Mrs. Kelly (Saffron Burrows), Sean’s sister. You can see the harbour, the church, the pub and the streets of Roundstone in many scenes. During filming, O’Dowd’s Bar & Restaurant was turned into a funeral parlour.

– Inishmore: This is the largest of the Aran Islands, where Marcy and Sean go on a day trip. You can see them visiting Dún Aonghasa, a prehistoric stone fort on the edge of a cliff, where they share their first kiss.

– Connemara: This is a region of Galway known for its natural beauty and rugged landscape. You can see Marcy and Sean driving through the countryside, passing by lakes, mountains and bogs.

The Matchmaker is a film that celebrates Galway’s charm, humour and hospitality, as well as its rich history and heritage. It is a film that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love with Ireland.



Inishmore / Dún Aonghasa




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