Lisdoonvarna speed dating
The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival has it all: – Live music and dancing with the performances by the very best names in traditional country music.– Endless opportunities to get together and meet people – from speed-dating to dances and sessions in the pubs.
For information on visiting the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival during your vacation in Ireland,or if you would like more information about Ireland, our self drive Ireland vacations, escorted coach tours or activity vacations please contact one of our Ireland based Guides who can provide you with a free quote.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 and today the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is one of the largest matchmaking events in Europe attracting some 40,000 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.Lisdoonvarna and Queen of the Burren competitions to find the most eligible lady & gentleman of that year.This video gives something of the flavour of the event.
Dancing and music beginning most days at noon (or earlier) and continuing non-stop into the small hours of the morning. Age is definitely no barrier – those attending range from 18 to 80, and the older participants are regularly the first up and last to stagger home to bed late at night.
When Willie Daly first started out in the matchmaking business some 50 years ago, many of his clients were older men seeking young women. A ‘laying hen’ appeared first on Matchmaking Festival....
“Now it tends to be the other way round,” he says, sitting in his kitchen overlooking what should be Liscannor bay in north Clare, but covered in a thick fog.
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 1887 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.