County Clare Local Customs

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County Clare Local Customs

  • Famine Houses

    County Clare Local Customs

    The Great Famine in Ireland lasted from 1845-1852 during which approximately 1 million people died and more than 1 million more emigrated to other countries. Although many factors contributed to the famine and to blame it all on the potato shortage is a bit simplistic, the underlying cause was the potato blight which ravaged one of the main food...

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  • Matchmaking Festival

    County Clare Local Customs

    Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking festival takes place annually in September in the town of Lisdoonvarna. It goes back a long time and was a way for the local single farmers to come to town and find a wife. These days its as much an excuse for a party and a bit of a tourist attraction. Don't go on a Tuesday night though as its all older people waltzing!...

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  • MATCHMAKING FESTIVAL

    Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking festival takes place annually in September in the town of Lisdoonvarna. It goes back a long time and was a way for the local single farmers to come to town and find a wife. These days its as much an excuse for a party and a bit of a tourist attraction. Don't go on a Tuesday night though as its all older people waltzing!...

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  • Shhh! Someone is singing!

    When someone starts to sing a song in a pub, everyone gets quiet. The musical tradition is very strong in Ireland and song is perhaps respected above all. When there is a traditional Irish music session going on in a quiet pub, people will generally keep the conversation at a lower volume, as people do want to here the music, rather than try to...

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  • Famine houses and walls

    The Great Famine in Ireland lasted from 1845-1852 during which approximately 1 million people died and more than 1 million more emigrated to other countries. Although many factors contributed to the famine and to blame it all on the potato shortage is a bit simplistic, the underlying cause was the potato blight which ravaged one of the main food...

    more
  • Lisdoonvarna

    Should you happen to be single, visiting in September and looking to be hitched to an Irish lad or Irish lass, head for Lisdoonvarna's annual matchmaking festival. The festival is held in September becauase of tradition, by September the harvest was done and the bachelor farmers would be in search of a wife. Lisdoonvarna became a popular place to...

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  • Fairy trees

    As we were driving from Bunratty Castle towards Ennis along the N18 near Clarecastle our guide pointed out a rather unattractive thorn tree alongside the highway that the road curves around and said that the construction of the N18 had actually been altered to allow for this tree at a fairly high cost. What would possess them to spend extra money...

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  • Sheela Na Gig

    On the wall in the Great Hall in Bunratty Castle, I noticed this rather hideous figure carved onto the wall, I thought it was a skeleton but then the guide/wench explained that it was Sheela Na Gig, a fertility symbol. Obviously, the carving at Bunratty isn't very clear since I thought it was a skeleton, it's actually a woman with enlarged genitals...

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  • Doolin "Castle"

    If you wish, you can take one of the smaller side-roads off the main highway to descend down into the village of Doolin. We did this on our first afternoon there and came across this rather imposing looking building with a great view out over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands (pierced by its tower in this photo). We were never able to find...

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  • LEARN AN IRISH JIG!!

    Some of the people from my bus tour showing us how NOT to do an Irish jig, as penance for being late for the bus!

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  • Famine Houses

    When I see these old deserted villages, ruined churches and houses I start thinking....and dreaming..... Who were the people who left? Where did they go? Why did they leave? How did they end up? I guess most of the places became deserted during the Great Irish potato famine in the 19th century when a lot of people died or left for a new life in...

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