PLAIN PEOPLE: Sighing Dutchman

After the dreary hours of sea and nothingness the village on the County Clare coast looked like a picture post card. The heart of young (22), romantic Dick Bergman, flying home to Holland from America, was filled with a deep yearning for Kilkee. Bergman soulfully wrote to Kilkee's town clerk to find him a Kilkee wife.

The response was heartwarming, largely because Eire's women often weary of waiting for Eire's frugal swains to propose.* Sixty colleens offered themselves as Bergman brides. To choose among them was more than the town clerk dared....

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