Lisdoonvarna Travel Guide

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Lisdoonvarna Things to Do

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    by edwis Written Sep 27, 2013

    A short drive from Lisdoonvarna are the Cliffs of Moher, where we hiked for three hours on the trail along the cliffs. The scenery will be a life-long memory. But the weather was so cold and windy that we had to purchase stocking caps from the gift shop, which turned out to be necessary at several other stops in Clare and Galway. Nothing like the sea breeze off the North Atlantic.

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    by sourbugger Written Aug 21, 2009

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    the match making festival.

    Organisers claim that the festival is one of the oldest in Ireland and is an authentic re-creation of the autumn days when professional matchmakers would put together farmer's sons and ladies from all over. Rubbish. It's now a month long orgy (is that the right word - it probably is) of over-the-hill tourists desperately trying to get their leg-over.

    It runs every year from roughly the last weekend in September to the first in October. Most events take place at the weekends - over 20,000 people over the course of the month take in the traditional music and dancing. One star turn is the improbably named Willie Daly - the official matchmaker. In normal life he runs an equestrian school but during the festival he does the rounds of the venues introducing people to each other.

    It would be all to easy to make fun of his name, so I Will. It would certainly not be too far from the truth that many happy women at the festival get their Willy daily.

    The hotels and guesthouses make their money at this time, and people seem to come back every year.

    So if you just happen to be a blonde texan millionairess who fancies being married off to a poor Kerry farmer with a dodgy accent and a personal hygiene problem then be my guest.

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    by sourbugger Written Aug 20, 2009

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    The road from Lisdoonvarna up to Ballyvaghan is possesed of some very impressive views.

    Known as 'corkscrew hill' it winds over the mountain in the manner of an alpine pass with 180 degree bends and zig-zagging straights. It might not compare to the St.Brenner pass, but it does the business.

    It was built as part of a famine relief scheme in the dark days of the potato blight. Without that it might never have been built. It has also been used in the last few years for hillclimb events where people motor up the hillside in around 50 seconds or so.

    The postcard is an old one from the 1950's.

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Lisdoonvarna Warnings and Dangers

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    by clunker Updated Jul 16, 2005

    Though not dangerous in any way, just know that single ladies visiting during the Matchmaking Festival will be hit upon, or "chatted up". I visited with my then-girfriend, now-wife, and her mother a few years back. Any time she wasn't in arms length, there was another bloke coming over to talk to her. Even her mom had a few would be suitors. The funniest thing was that I was walking a few feet in front of them, and THREE TIMES cars pulled over to ask them if they wanted to go for a drink! We went over to a local dance hall to see what was going on there, and within two minutes my lady was whisked off onto the dance floor by an older local. We were only there for about 2 hours or so, but it was quite an experience. If being hit on by middle-aged lonely bachelors is what your looking for, the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is the place for you!

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    by sourbugger Written Jul 5, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Known world wide for it' s matchmaking festival, Christy wrote a great song about the annual shagfest. I've included some of the lyrics as other verses require a degree in contemporary Irish culture :

    How's it goin' there everybody, From Cork, New York, Dundalk, Gortahork and Glenamaddy.DHere we are in the County Clare. It's a long, long way from here to there.There's the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher, And the Tulla and the Kilfenora,Miko Russell, Doctor Bill,Willy Clancy and Noel Hill.Dlutes and fiddles everywhere.If it's music you want,You should go to Clare.

    CHORUS : Oh, Lisdoonvarna, Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoon, Lisdoonvarna! Everybody needs a break,Climb a mountain or jump in a lake.Some head off to exotic places,Others go to the Galway Races.Mattie goes to the South of France,Jim to the dogs, Peter to the dance.A cousin of mine goes potholing,A cousin of heres loves Joe Dolan.Summer comes around each year,We go there and they come here.Some jet off to ... Frijiliana,But I always go to Lisdoonvarna

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