Throughout the month of September, the spa town of Lisdoonvarna close to the Burren in Co.Clare, celebrates the world famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival with music and lots of fun.The small spa town of Lisdoonvarna, with a population of around 800 people, has attracted visitors from all over Ireland to its mineral springs, since the 18th century.
Location: Bunratty - Rathlaheen Cottage, near Bunratty Castle Type: Crisis Manifestation Date / Time: 1956 Further Comments: The wails of the banshee were heard within this building just before a death occurred.
Location: Carrigaholt - Fields near Carrigaholt Castle Type: Haunting Manifestation Date / Time: Nineteenth century Further Comments: The phantoms of Lord Clare and his yellow dragoons were said to have continued their maneuvers well after their deaths.
Location: Carrigaholt - Rahona Lodge Type: Haunting Manifestation Date / Time: Circa 1917 Further Comments: This ghost was described as 'lucky' by former owner Charlotte Kean, as it could spend as much time as it liked at her family's summer home.
After the harvests in September, young farmers from all over Ireland would shuffle into Lisdoonvarna to find themselves a potential wife, with the help of the ‘basadoiri' or matchmakers.
This tradition is upheld today by fourth generation matchmaker (and horse dealer) Willie Daly and today the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is one of the largest matchmaking events in Europe attracting some 40,000 hopefuls and festival-goers, over the month.
Held at weekends throughout September in venues throughout Lisdoonvarna, the festival events include traditional Irish dance and music, speed dating, horse racing and culminates with the Mr.Lisdoonvarna and Queen of the Burren competitions to find the most eligible lady & gentleman of that year.The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is great friendly fun, and as they say ‘the craic is mighty in Lisdoonvarna'.For information on visiting the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival during your vacation in Ireland,or if you would like more information about Ireland, our self drive Ireland vacations, escorted coach tours or activity vacations please contact one of our Ireland based Guides who can provide you with a free quote.Location: Ballyvaughan - Poulaphuca, area around dolmen Type: Fairy Date / Time: Unknown Further Comments: This goat, though by some to be a fairy being, resides over the tombs in the area.The creature causes anyone who threatens the land to develop a hunchback.