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Lisdoonvarna is a spa town in north County Clare on the road from Ennistymon to Ballyvaughan. It is famous for its September festival; Europes biggest singles matchmaking festival. The festival runs for the full month of September and there is live music and dancing in all the pubs and hotels day and night. Local match-maker Willie Daly a fourth generation matchmaker is on hand daily. Matchmaking became one of the main activities of Lisdoonvarnas holiday-makers. September was, and still is, one of the peak months of the holiday season and with the harvest safely in bachelor farmers flocked to Lisdoonvarna in search of wives. Matchmakers prospered as matches were contrived and marriages made. Lisdoonvarna and the festival became very famous in the ‘s for a series of annual concerts.

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Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you. Each year, the Lisdoonvarna match-making festival welcomes 1, s of hopeful love-seekers to the small town in West Clare.

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Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

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His mother played the piano so there was always a piano in his house.

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First up was a lovely woman called Catherine from Limerick. She was 37 and told me she had booked the cruise when she heard I was going to be on it. Earlier that day, I had met Michael, a tall good-looking man from California, in the lift. He was 47 and, like many Americans, a great talker. I told Catherine about him and she seemed very interested. A lot of my pairings are done like this, by instinct, and my preference for matching people is by physical attraction, a gift I inherited from my grandfather.

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Lisdoonvarna is a spa town in north County Clare on the road from Ennistymon to Ballyvaughan.

Lisdoonvarna hosts an annual Matchmakers Festival and draws singles from all over the world. Each year, during the month of September, this small village on the western coast of Ireland offers a quest for the romance holy grail to hordes of lonely souls – the capturing of an Irish heart. Ah, ’tis a prize indeed. Hormones run high during Lisdoonvarna’s month of revelry and the locals grit their teeth while they stoically and sometimes not so stoically endure the debauchery.

If you wish to attend the festival, do make your plans early because accommodations in the village of Lisdoonvarna fill up quickly and you’ll want to be in the mix of things when the activities begin. The Matchmaker Festival is a spectacle to behold. Women and men from all over the world flock to this bedlam in the centre of the haunting Burren to find the charms of an Irishman or the love of an Irish woman.

In disappointment, they then focus their amorous attentions on fellow pilgrims who are, likewise, finding it’s practically impossible to capture the heart of a beautiful Irish girl in Lisdoonvarna Unfortunately, many a lass may turn over a few limestone rocks to find only bog farmers who are overly-sensitive to bathing and these ladies soon discover they have set their sights a bit high. Some believe any decent match with a real Irish person is better made in the pubs of Ennis or strolling along the beach in Lahinch because no self-respecting Irishman or Irishwoman would ever find himself or herself anywhere near Lisdoonvarna during the month of September.

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Copperplate Ceili Band The arrival of a new ceili band happens rarely enough on the set dancing scene that it generates a stir of excitement. A band needs more than luck to play at these events; they have to make great music and the Copperplate does that with ease. The three members of the band, Enda McGlone, Brian Ward and Eamonn Donnelly, on box, banjo and piano, make music that is both fun to dance to and thoroughly traditional.

They start each figure in perfect unison, play a mixture of familiar and unusual tunes with frequent and effortless changes, and waste no time between figures and sets. The Copperplate Ceili Band was formed in December Two of the musicians, Brian Ward and Eamonn Donnelly, had been playing in pubs for years as a two-piece band on guitar and piano.

When he retired, Martin concentrated on music and now his Monday nights are the most important night of the week.

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The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival has it all: 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 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.

Meet the Man Himself While the festival has moved into the 21st century, Willie still believes in the old fashioned method of round the table talks with couples and getting the passion flowing by getting them dancing together.

Joe was a member of the Kinsealy Ceili Band, a ten-piece band of youngsters who competed and played for ceilis, and the short-lived St Joseph’s Ceili Band, formed after a Christmas party at St Joseph’s School for the Blind.

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He comes from a family with no musical background, so it was Eddie’s own love of music that inspired him.

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Today Joe is still involved in Comhaltas as public relations officer for the Dublin County board, and as chairman and a music teacher for the Kinsealy branch.