The matchmaking festival is in full swing for the month of Sept,as it is every year for generations. It has become a month long dance and music event also with dancing commencing at 12 o’clock every day in various venues and continuing around the town and outside until 3 am. It was my first visit and I had a ball! People come from all over the world and every county in Ireland was represented. A matchmaker is in residence in this famous pub where else and for a small fee will match anyone up for a week or for life! Couples come back every year who have met in Lisdoonvarna and since married! I did not avail of his services preferring the dancing! Lots of videos on Youtube, just type in Lisdoonvarna. The Burren is a few miles from Lisdoonvarna and is a protected area which is now a National Park, what looks at first sight to be barren rock has in fact rare species of plants growing in crevices. It is a breathtaking sight and no single photo could capture the vast rock formations, it is like a lunar landscape.
Old fashioned and nice This hotel is old fashioned and nice,brown wood with olde worlde pictures on the walls, it had a very welcoming feel to it. We went with a coach party, and found the food was good, the fish especially, Staff were very helpful, mostly foreign nationals , but friendly with good English, all nice people. We were fortunate as our room was at the back,as it was the Matchmaker festival, which we didn,t know anything about, and Lisdoonvarna buzzed including our hotel, with music, and dancing.
In fact everyone was singing or dancing, great atmosphere. We didn,t hear anything, I know others didn,t get any sleep because of noise from reviews. We travelled with Just Go Holidays, which is our fifth time with them, and apart from the hotel which WAS great, the holiday was a shambles.
The Matchmaking Festival The wee town of Lisdoonvarna (pop: ) comes alive each September with its annual Matchmaking Festival. The festival’s origins date to when farmers were so busy working the land, they hadn’t gotten around to finding a wife & having kids to inherit the land.
The Lisdoonvarna matchmaking festival is now in full swing. September 15, 7: An “ancient” maybe a century, max tradition of matchmaking, traditional music and “grand craic” are also on offer. Even comes with its own part-time matchmaker: Motorbikes and Hi-ace vans, With bottles – barrels – flagons – cans. Hairy chests and milk-white thighs, And mickey dodgers in disguise.
This is heaven, this is hell. Anyone for the last few Choc Ices, now? There is a subtle error there. Marcy arrives at the village of Ballinagra when it is preparing for an annual Matchmaking Festival.
The Irish Matchmaker Festival. The ancient art of matchmaking has regained popularity not only in Ireland, but around the world. The custom of having a third party match people for marriage has gained new momentum and those looking for a perfect partner are also seeking the perfect Irish matchmaker. Following a 2-night stand earlier in the week at the. Irish town of Lisdoonvarna.
Sept. , and , conclude with festival dances, while the final weekend, Oct. , features the crowning of the Queen of the Burren and Mr. Lisdoonvarna.
The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival has it all: Parents would bring their children together at social gatherings, sporting events and musical evenings — and all being well, courtships would blossom. The opening of the West Clare Railway in meant Lisdoonvarna increased in popularity as a tourist destination and the matchmaking tradition grew. With the harvest safely in and September being the peak holiday month, many bachelor farmers began to flock to Lisdoonvarna for a spa town vacation — and in search of a wife.
Meet the Man Himself While the festival has moved into the 21st century, Willie still believes in the old fashioned method of round the table talks with couples and getting the passion flowing by getting them dancing together. His passion is to help hopeful singles, of all ages and nationalities, find a life partner and have a lot of fun on the way.
This was the nineteenth century, and houses had no electricity or running water. There were no motor cars and the matchmaking was conducted at horse fairs or cattle fairs or at weddings, and even funerals.
Love is in the air for all ages. The Cliffs of Moher are nearby. Forget about Internet dating. That can produce a deeper loneliness when clicking on anonymous photos. But at the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, it’s the chemistry of a face-to-face introduction that turns wishful thinking into a possible mate.
Lisdoonvarna is great during the Matchmaking Festival but I don’t know how lively it is when the festival is not going on. Check for the schedule. Copy and paste the url .
Clare, celebrates the world famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival with music and lots of fun. The small spa town of Lisdoonvarna , with a population of around people, has attracted visitors from all over Ireland to its mineral springs, since the 18th century. A long held traditional in this central town on the southern edges of the scenic Burren area, is the matchmaking festival.
This tradition is upheld today by fourth generation matchmaker and horse dealer Willie Daly and today the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is one of the largest matchmaking events in Europe attracting some 40, hopefuls and festival-goers, over the month. Held at weekends throughout September in venues throughout Lisdoonvarna, the festival events include traditional Irish dance and music, speed dating, horse racing and culminates with the Mr.
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Thursday, October 26, Back to Ireland, Day 4: Doolin, the Cliffs and Lisdoonvarna When we travel, we try to pack as much as possible into every day. Sometimes that means we don’t get the depth I would like–we don’t get to stay in one place and just sink into the life there or explore all the nooks and crannies. But since our opportunities to go and our dollars are limited, we stretch them both as far as possible.
Day 4 was a long day, starting early and ending late.
When we travel, we try to pack as much as possible into every day. Sometimes that means we don’t get the depth I would like–we don’t get to stay in one place and just sink into the life there or explore all the nooks and crannies.
Great smoked fish and other delights. See the smokehouse in action. Traditional Music West Clare is widely regarded as the home of Irish music. Cliffs of Moher The most famous natural wonder in Ireland, it is top of most visitors must-do list. Just minutes away! Other hotels in our group Guest Reviews I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
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From to , the town of Lisdoonvarna hosted an annual music festival which was memorialized in a song by the Irish folk singer Christy Moore called, appropriately, “Lisdoonvarna.” The town is also well-known for the annual Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, held each year in September, and attended by more than 40, romantic hopefuls.
The spa official opened in , but the town was visited before by people partaking of the waters. Even by the s, however, the facilities were quite primitive. The wells were privately owned, by the Guthrie family. The wells were later developed and baths built by the new owner, a Dr. Westropp, who lived in a house overlooking the spa.
A detachment of the Royal Irish Constabulary defended the house and its owner and there was heavy fighting in and around the house. Head Constable Whelehan was killed. All the moonlighters were captured. Seven constables, four acting constables and two head constables received the Constabulary Medal for valour. In , it was called the ” Homberg of the Irish priests”.
Arts and culture[ edit ] Events[ edit ] Victorian Gothic revival Roman Catholic Church, Lisdoonvarna A group taking the waters at the Twin Wells on the banks of the Aille river at Lisdoonvarna, circa In September each year one of Europe’s largest matchmaking events is held in the town attracting upwards of 40, romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers.
I was travelling solo but I felt i could recommend this hotel to a broad spectrum of travelers. We had been in Ireland for nearly a week by the time we got to Lisdoonvarna. Rathbaun Hotel was the best of our trip! The owners are personable, welcoming, and so very helpful! The food was delicious. The beds were comfortable.
Matchmaker Willie Daly may soon be plying his trade on the romantic boulevards of Paris with plans to host a version of the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in the world capital of lov Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival shared Emad Guirguis ‘s post/5(87).
Making a Match in Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking is one of Ireland’s oldest traditions and, for the last couple of hundred years, a good deal of it has taken place in Lisdoonvarna during September and early October. The name Lisdoonvarna comes from ‘Lios Duin Bhearna’, which means the lios or enclosure of the fort in the gap. The town developed into a tourist centre as early as the middle of the 18th-century when a top Limerick surgeon discovered the beneficial effects of its mineral waters.
People travelled from near and far to bathe in, and drink, the mineral waters. Rich in iron, sulphur and magnesium, the waters gave relief from the symptoms of certain diseases including rheumatism and glandular fever. The Spa Hotel was the centre around which the village developed. The opening of the West Clare Railway contributed towards that development, although the nearest railway station was seven miles away at Ennistymon.
This station opened in l and from that time onwards, until the advent of the motorcar, tourists travelled from the train in pony and trap to ”The Spa”. It was due to the popularity of these mineral springs and the huge amount of people going there that led to the Lisdoonvarna “matchmaking tradition”.