Welcome To Lisdoonvarna

Some eight kilometres east of Doolin lies the small town of Lisdoonvarna. It is made famous by the eponymous song written and performed by Christy Moore. A music festival took place in the town until the 1980s. The town has a population of some eight hundred people but this swells massively once every year due to the town’s match making festival.
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Information Lisdoonvarna Ireland

The matchmaking festival stems from the tradition of bachelor farmers, too busy at the farm to seek wives, arranging for marriages between themselves and local women. Dealers at street markets and fairs traditionally did the matchmaking. The present festival takes place for almost an entire month around September, with the town swelling to more than 30,000 people. It is something of an international phenomenon, getting press and media coverage around the world. The principal match maker has been performing his duties for many years and he is in fact a fourth generation match maker. Accommodation in the area is very difficult to find at the time of the festival. Hotels and restaurants offer good food in Lisdoonvarna. Some offer conventional Irish cuisine, such as a Sunday roast. Traditional Irish music can also be found, played live at certain establishments. “Lios Dúin Bhearna” is translated as “Enclosure at the Fort by the Gap”. The town is, among its other claims to fame, a spa town. The spa has sulphated waters that can be enjoyed at the Spa Wells Centre in the town. It is thought that the fort from which the town gets its name is the green earthen fort of Lissateeaun, “the fort of the fairy hill”, which can be found three kilometres to the north-east of the town, where you will also find the ruins of a Norman-era castle. The present town itself is relatively new compared to similar towns in Ireland. Most of the town dates no earlier than the nineteenth century. However, three kilometres to the northwest of the town you’ll find a fifteenth century tower house, Ballynalackan Castle, near the R479 junction to Doolin.

Attractions Lisdoonvarna Ireland

Ailwee Cave - Ballyvaughan

Located near Ballyvaughan, with its stalactites and stalagmites, the Aillwee Cave beneath the Burren has become one of Irelands leading attractions. An essential part of a visit to the Burren, it affords the opportunity to travel through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms and under weird formations.

Biddy Early Brewery - Inagh

Located at Inagh, just 10 mile from Ennis on the Lahinch Road. Ireland's first pub-brewery is named after a Clare woman by the name of Biddy Early, who was renowned for her magical powers in the 1800s. Since it's opening in 1995 the brewery has continued to produce a unique selection of hand crafted beers in memory of the great woman. These include Black Biddy, Red Biddy, Blonde Biddy and Real Biddy.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park - Bunratty

One of Irelands top visitor attractions, Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in the country. Built in 1425, it was faithfully restored in 1954 and has furnishings and tapestries which capture the mood and style of the times. The Folk Park, set in 26 acres, recreates nineteenth century Ireland. The Park features include a recreated village street, eight farmhouses, a watermill, blacksmiths forge, Macs pub and restaurant and a display of nineteenth century agricultural machinery.

Cliffs of Moher - Lahinch

Located just north of Lahinch on the coast of West Clare, are the Cliffs of Moher. Natural ramparts against the might of the Atlantic, they rise in places to over 215m and stretch for almost 8km.

Corofin Heritage Museum - Corofin

This award winning Heritage Museum is housed in what was once Saint Catherine's Church, which was built in 1718 by a cousin of Queen Anne. Its main theme, 'Ireland West 1800 - 1860' portrays a traumatic period of Irish history under the headings of 'Lan d'Tenure', 'The Famine', 'Emigration', 'Education', 'Irish Language and Music' and others.