Lisdoonvarna is a spa town in north County Clare on the road from Ennistymon to Ballyvaughan . It is famous for its September festival; Europes biggest singles matchmaking festival.
The festival runs for the full month of September and there is live music and dancing in all the pubs and hotels day and night. Local match-maker Willie Daly (a fourth generation matchmaker) is on hand daily. Matchmaking became one of the main activities of Lisdoonvarnas holiday-makers. September was, and still is, one of the peak months of the holiday season and with the harvest safely in bachelor farmers flocked to Lisdoonvarna in search of wives. Matchmakers prospered as matches were contrived and marriages made.
Lisdoonvarna and the festival became very famous in the 1980's for a series of annual concerts. They were performed in a natural outdoor amphitheatre in the area by Ireland and some of the worlds most popular and talented musicians. A song composed about the festival by Christy Moore was the origin of the phrase – “If it's music you want - go to Clare"
The village has a wide selection of pubs in which many have music throughout the summer months. As for accommodation, there is a wealth in Lisdoonvarna from many Hotels and bed and breakfasts to hostels and self catering accommodation. There is also many restaurants to choose from.
The area became a popular health resort in the early nineteenth century owning to its mineral wells, there was no earlier village, just a few scattered cottages. which makes it a comparatively young village by Irish standards. However, the numerous ancient sites and historic remains in the vicinity are evidence of human habitation and activity in the area many centuries before the establishment of the town itself. Ring forts in the vicinity can date from the Iron Age into the Christian era and up to late medieval times.