Singles still flock to Lisdoonvarna despite the rise in online dating

In an age when online dating has become one of the most popular ways of finding love, a centuries-old matchmaking festival is proving it can stand the test of time.

In an age when online dating has become one of the most popular ways of finding love, a centuries-old matchmaking festival is proving it can stand the test of time.

Now over 150 years old the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival offers something which the web does not - old -ashioned flirtation and the chance to meet like-minded people in a relaxed environment.

Every September thousands of singles flock to the matchmaking festival in the small town of Lisdoonvarna, in the west of Ireland in the hope of finding love and having the craic. This year the six-week love festival kicks off on August 29th with a weekend of country music which promises to put a smile on the face of even the most disheartened Garth Brooks fan.

Joining Philomena Begley, will be Ray Lynam, along with Johnny Brady, John McNicholl and Crystal Swing. Aidan Quinn and the irrepressible Hugo Duncan will also be performing. And, that’s just the start. Other musical treats include a performance by singer song writer Brian Kennedy and weekly Saturday night sessions with soul sensation Buck Taylor, all the way from Kentucky, Louisiana. For the younger crowd Q night club will be on every Saturday in September, with the best sounds and DJ’s.

The traditional festival dance weekends are on September 12th-14th, 19th-21st and 26th-28th. There is also plenty of music and dancing at various venues around the town starting at 12 noon - it’s the perfect opportunity to mingle with other singles.

Those looking for love will also have a chance to meet Willie Daly, Ireland’s legendary matchmaker in the Matchmaker bar in the Imperial Hotel.