Great location, close to the Cliffs of Moher. Owner and staff were most accommodating. Dinner was nicely served and most enjoyable, if a bit overpriced. Certainly hope to stay there again and will recommend to others.
THE MATCHMAKER BAR, Lisdoonvarna - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor
Every September, thousands flock here for what's billed as the world's largest matchmaking festival. If local folklore is to be believed, people have been finding their "match" here for more than years. The festival was created to help farmers who were so busy tending to their livestock that they didn't have time to find brides. Every September they would come down from their hillsides and the lucky ones would return with lifelong companions. And Lisdoonvarna still attracts its fair share of similarly isolated Irishmen. It can be very, very lonely," he told BBC News. The women, too, come in hope of a match.
The town is famous for its music and festivals. Although the music festival was discontinued in the s, Lisdoonvarna still hosts its annual matchmaking festival each September. Lisdoonvarna is located in the area of County Clare known as the Burren , on the N67 road between Ballyvaughan and Ennistymon. The Aille river flows through the town, where it is joined by the Gowlaun and Kilmoon streams.
Lisdoonvarna, the location of the world-famous matchmaking festival, developed into a tourist centre more than a century ago when a top Limerick surgeon discovered the beneficial effects of its mineral waters. People travelled from near and far to bathe in and drink the mineral waters. Rich in iron, sulphur and magnesium, the waters were reputed to give relief from the symptoms of diseases like rheumatism and glandular fever.