Georgia Tanner, 37 years old
By Bernd Biege. From a necessity to pure entertainment - the rural population of Ireland used to be so shy and repressed that finding a partner was a mission impossible to many. So they resorted to "matchmakers", cunning and wizened old folks who checked their lists of potential candidates for marriage and put "matching" couples together. As Tina sang; "What's love got to do with it? Immortalized by Christy Moore as "Lisidoon-lisdoon-lisdoon-lisdoonvarna" in his songs. And with them all the singles from Galway to the Ganges Delta The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is, generally speaking, one of the largest single parties of the world, originally with the intent of finding a partner for life. If all the matchmaking resulted in matrimony the Reverend Moon would appear like an amateur here.
Contact Email: Matchmaking is one matchmaking in county clare 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. For the month of September, dances run from Please note: Festival Organiser.
We will be in Ireland in September. Traveling between Cork and Galway , we thought we would stop in Lisdoonvarna for a night weeknight during the Festival. Is this worth a stop? Should we instead stay in Doolin?
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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. 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. The streets ring out with music and song, buzzing with dance, the craic and love for life. This is the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival — the biggest event of its kind in Europe and part of the rich tradition of rural Ireland.
Clare native David Maher says that anyone who has been to the Banner knows it's the best. Situated on Ireland's picturesque west coast, the beautiful county of Clare is truly Ireland's best. Locals from all over the county flock here when the sun decides to make an appearance and surfing enthusiasts from all corners of the world frequent the beach whatever the weather. With its wide variety of breaks and the slow rolling Atlantic, Lahinch has become hugely popular with surfers of all levels and experience. There's also a top quality golf course a stone's throw from the beach, if you fancy a change of pace. Can any other county in Ireland offer a piece of scenery as magnificent as the world famous Cliff of Moher? Once nominated as a Natural Wonder of the World, the Cliffs are best viewed from a boat ride along the coast. Over six weeks in September and October, veteran love doctor Willie Daly introduces hundreds of couples at the annual matchmaking festival.
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