Ireland is a country of festivals that range from wonderful to downright weird. This one, Lisdoonvarna’s Match-making Festival, is both – well, it depends on how it turns out for you, really. Every year, between August and October, the tiny spa town of Lisdoonvarna plays cupid as it brings lonely or merely searching hearts together. Speed dating events, pub sessions and other social opportunities like concerts and dances are organized, so single people can meet and mingle. If you’re quite desperate, you should go see Willie Daly. He’s not a descendant of the Goddess Venus, but he has set up around 3,000 marriages in his 45 years as a professional matchmaker. You’ll find him in his “office,” which is a quirky taproom called the “Matchmaker Bar” on the first floor of Lisdoonvarna’s Imperial Hotel.
Via Irish Examiner