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Seeking love, hundreds from China and Japan flock to Irish matchmaking festival
Comments The famous matchmaker Willie Daly with his book. Cupid Willie Daly said demand for his services has increased in the run-up to the famous Co. Clare matchmaking festival, particularly from unattached East Asian singles. And the third-generation matchmaker said he expects to be “busier than ever” once the month-long love fest kicks off later next week. The year-old father-of-eight said: But we have a couple of hundred of visitors coming to Lisdoonvarna from both China and Japan, and there are nearly as many men coming over as there are women.
The story of the festival. In , Lisdoonavrna’s matchmaking festival will be years old. The town has always been a tourist spot, almost exclusively because of its spa water, which offers the other main attraction aside from the festival.
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”. September became the peak month of the holiday season and with the harvest safely in, bachelor farmers flocked to Lisdoonvarna in search of a wife. By the s, matchmaking was still in vogue and people continued to come and “take the waters”, including many of Ireland’s clergy.
Every September thousands flock here for the world’s largest matchmaking festival. Every September, thousands flock here for what’s billed as the world’s largest matchmaking festival. If local folklore is to be believed, people have been finding their “match” here for more than years. Play null The festival was created to help farmers who were so busy tending to their livestock that they didn’t have time to find brides.
Every September they would come down from their hillsides and the lucky ones would return with lifelong companions.
Craic is an old Irish word for fun, enjoyment, gossip, conversation, partying whatever you might include in a good time. Live music and dancing are big parts of the matchmaking festival. Many bars have live bands, with the music starting at noon and carrying on into the wee hours of the morning.
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PICTURES: The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival over the years
The day itself may be called either Laa Luanistyn or Laa Luanys. It was similar to the Ancient Olympic Games and included ritual athletic and sporting contests, horse racing , music and storytelling, trading, proclaiming laws and settling legal disputes, drawing-up contracts, and matchmaking. Carman is also believed to have been a goddess, perhaps one with a similar tale as Tailtiu. She concluded that the evidence testified to the existence of an ancient festival around 1 August that involved the following: Pilgrims climbing Croagh Patrick on “Reek Sunday”.
It is believed that climbing hills and mountains was a big part of the festival since ancient times, and the “Reek Sunday” pilgrimage is likely a continuation of this.
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival. 2nd September – 9th October The world famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival draws huge crowds of over 20, people to the busy pubs and hotels every year during the whole month of September.
From Donegal in the north down to Cork in the south the jagged coastline is full of spectacular cliffs, pristine beaches and topped with a sprinkling of islands and is definitely the coast to go when visiting Ireland. Even if the water is always cold its worth getting in just to say you did! The west coast of Ireland is full of small towns and villages and has no cities as such as Galway and Limerick although technically on the west coast are still a long way from the brunt of the Atlantic Ocean.
The circuits can be driven or cycled but cycling would give the scenery more justice although it may be hard work sometimes as it is perpetually windy. Ring of Kerry Killarney —Cahersiveen-Killarney km, days One of the most famous circuits in Ireland starts in the spectacular surroundings of Killarney. This ring provides the sea, beaches and some spectacular mountain passes.
Killarney One of the main tourist hotspots in the south-west which provides a launching pad for several tourist routes. Killarney provides lots of accommodation as well as having many sights of its own.
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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.
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.
Combining high levels of service, sumptuous dining and rooms and facilities, we look forward to ensuring you have a relaxing and enjoyable stay. The hotel features a fully equipped Health and Fitness Club, an indoor swimming pool, The Play Inn, Shannigans Gastro Pub, Deerfields Restaurant, along with spacious bedrooms, many of which offer a wonderful view over the Estate and the glorious Shannon Estuary.
Relax in The Inn at Dromoland on the grounds of Dromoland Castle Estate in comfort and experience everything the weekend has to offer! We also have International guest stars more to be announced soon! We have had one wedding another on its way and hundreds of relationships starting at The Outing Festival. And of course, there is matchmaking, blind dates, and speed dating aspects for singles too. Amazing to be part of something from the start….. It was like gay holiday camp! Such a diverse bunch from the LGBT community gathered for a weekend of great entertainment and craic.
We loved the late night sing songs.
All Loved Up – Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival
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Ireland Matchmaking Festival Stock Photos and Images () Page 1 of 2. Lisdoonvarna. Main Street in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland – the town is famous for its annual matchmaking festival. man and woman enjoying the craic at Lisdoovarna Matchmaking Festival County Clare ireland.
But where will he find himself a wife? Perhaps, come September, he can head to the Matchmaking Festival in Lisdoonvarna. Visitors would take the train to Ennistymon and a pony from there to Lisdoonvarna. All the lonely people, Where do they all come from? Mass emigration took potential partners out of the country, and among those who remained, men were concentrated in the countryside and women in the towns.
Perhaps also a tendency to shyness and a puritanical attitude to sex put a dampener on courtship. In any case, the Matchmaking Festival was established, and the romance business flourished. Willie Daly, the fourth generation matchmaker in his family, has been introducing couples to each other for 45 years and is responsible for over marriages. During the festival, he can be found in the snug of The Matchmaker pub; just follow the long queue of potential mates and put your name into his enormous scrapbook of profiles.
Legend says that if a single person holds the year-old book in their two hands, they will find a mate within six months, while a married person doing the same will find their passion rekindled. Today, Internet sites such as match. But there is still room for the old-fashioned approach practiced by Willie Daly. The Outing first ran in , but received a boost in when Ireland became the first country to bring in same-sex marriage by public vote.
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.
Three men are recovering in hospital after they fell up to 30 feet from a bridge in Co Clare. The accident happened at around 3am in Lisdoonvarna where the annual matchmaking festival got underway.
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