Benrue House

 

Lisdoonvarna

Benrue House is 3 miles east of Lisdoonvarna, on the road to Ballyvaughn. Lisdoonvarna (Irish: Lios Dúin Bhearna, meaning "Enclosure at the Fort by the Gap") is a spa town of approx. 1000 people in County Clare in Ireland. Famous for its music and festivals, in September each year one of Europe's largest matchmaking events is held in the town attracting upward of 40,000 romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers. The month-long event is an important tourist attraction. The current matchmaker is Willie Daly, a fourth-generation matchmaker.
A now-defunct music festival which took place near the town is celebrated in a song of the same name written by the Irish folk singer, Christy Moore. This festival took place until the early 1980s.
The town takes its name from the Irish Lios Dúin Bhearna meaning the "lios dúin", or enclosured fort, of the gap ("bhearna"). It is believed that the fort referred to in this name is the green earthen fort of Lissateeaun (fort of the fairy hill), which lies 3 km to the north-east of the town, near the remains of a Norman-era castle.
The present town is a comparatively new one by Irish standards, dating mainly from the start of the nineteenth century.

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Lisdoonvarna hosts an annual Matchmakers Festival and draws singles from all over the world. Each year, during the month of September, this small village on the western coast of Ireland offers a quest for the romance holy grail to hordes of lonely souls - the capturing of an Irish heart.
If you wish to attend the festival, do make your plans early because accommodations in the village of Lisdoonvarna fill up quickly and you'll want to be in the mix of things when the activities begin.
The Matchmaker Festival is a spectacle to behold.
Women and men from all over the world flock to this bedlam in the centre of the haunting Burren to find the charms of an Irishman or the love of an Irish woman.
The festival is still a month-long celebration of love and happiness, and the pleasant village of Lisdoonvarna, located in the centre of the Burren, is well worth the trip at any time of the year.
There are a number of pubs with traditional Irish music and the local B&B's will treat you like the kings and queens you are. The festival, itself, is brilliant, really. There is dancing and horse racing and dancing and dancing. It is a great opportunity to mingle with singles from all over the world.
Visit the official matchmaker's site here.