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Lisdoonvarna is still the biggest matchmaking festival in Europe

Much more about entertainment than meeting your soul mate, Lisdoonvarna still represents an ancient Irish art.

The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is one of Ireland’s oldest traditional festivals and still one of the biggest event of its kind in Europe. Every September up to 60,000 people from all over the world come for the music, the dancing and the craic rather than a potential husband or wife.

Dancing takes place in venues all over town and in the newly reopened Spa Wells and there are official matchmakers on hand to bring hopeful singles together.

This was always an important role in Irish life, especially as our was such a rural society in which people found it difficult to meet others, or even to travel outside of the local area.

PerfectPartners may be a far more modern incarnation of the concept but, essentially, their roots remain firmly embedded in this ancient and charming but very important service.

Visit the official Lisdoonvarna site here


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