Ooh Lisdoonvarna… The Matchmaking Festival
OR: ‘The farmer wants a wife’
Venue: Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare Website: www.matchmakerireland.com Price: Various Date: Weekends September 2nd – October 2nd Time: 12pm until late at a range of venues.
Throughout the month of September, the spa town of Lisdoonvarna, close to the Burren in Co. Clare, celebrates the world famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival with music and lots of fun. The Matchmaking Festival has a long and variegated history. Traditionally, after the harvests in September, young farmers from all over Ireland would shuffle into Lisdoonvarna to find themselves a potential wife with the help of the ‘basadoiri’ or matchmakers. This tradition is upheld today by fourth-generation matchmaker (and horse dealer) Willie Daly. The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is now one of the largest matchmaking events in Europe attracting some 40,000 hopefuls and festival-goers over the course of the month. Festival events are held at weekends throughout September in a variety of venues in Lisdoonvarna. Even if you are not looking for romance, you will still be guaranteed a fun-filled time meeting people from all over the world. Events of interest include traditional Irish dance and music, speed dating and horse racing, and it all culminates with the Mr. Lisdoonvarna and Queen of the Burren competitions to find the most eligible lady and gentleman of that year. The atmosphere is electric and you will leave with a bagful of stories if nothing else.
Come with sense of humour in tact: this really is something you have to see to believe!