go here 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.
The small community, located about three hours' from Dublin , normally has a population of —but an average of 60, people visit annually for the event. Starting on September 1, the festival is marked by six weekends of drinking, dancing, and concerts filled with hopeful singles looking for The One.
According to the festival's website , the weekend events offer "endless opportunities to get together and meet people. Apart from the pubs and parties, the main attraction is famed matchmaker Willie Daly.
The local "love doctor" has been offering consultations for 45 years, and he estimates he's set up nearly 3, marriages. 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.
A chance to gather and celebrate life, love, good music and great times!