While it seems that most people are reverting to the World Wide Web to find love these days, it’s nice to know that some folks are kicking it old school and that certain traditions die hard. We’re talking about The Matchmaking Festival in Lisdoonvarna, Ireland.
Each year during the month of September, lonely hearts venture from all over the world to the cosy town, swelling the population of just over 800 to more than 20,000 to dance, drink and fall in love.
The festival has been going strong for the last 150 years. Tourists were originally attracted to Lisdoonvarna for to the rich mineral waters which were reported to have health benefits. September became the prime month for visits when lonely farmers would travel after the harvest was finished. With so many busy bodies in the town, it is no surprise that the focus soon turned to love.
There are currently only two matchmakers in Lisdoonvarna; Willy Daly, a third generation matchmaker and his daughter, Claire.
If you’re looking to have a good time in a small town, head over to Lisdoonvarna and see what the Matchmakers have in store for you – but hurry, the festivities end October 7th.
For more information on the Matchmakers festival, check out their website