This video gives something of the flavour of the event. Dancing and music beginning most days at noon or earlier and continuing non-stop into the small hours of the morning. Age is definitely no barrier — those attending range from 18 to 80, and the older participants are regularly the first up and last to stagger home to bed late at night. The best known of the matchmakers is Willie Daly, who deals in horses when not dealing in love and who claims to have been instrumental in getting hundreds, if not thousands, of couples to the altar. Do NOT go expecting a sophisticated or upmarket event.
'Love Is in the Air': World's Largest Matchmaking Festival
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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.
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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.
The huge attraction of Lisdoonvarna in the old days was that it was a spa town and reports of its waters and their benefits date back as far as The spa twin wells are located on the banks of the River Aille. The Lisdoonvarna waters come from an unusual source, as both sulfur and iron water gush from the same rock. By she was dispensing from a little pump-house, hotels were vying with each other for business and people from every walk of life mingled around the wells .