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Single and not loving it? Get to Lisdoonvarna, site of Europe’s biggest festival for the romantically unattached.

The matchmaking tradition in Ireland goes back 150 years, and the name Lisdoonvarna has become synonymous with the quest for coupling up. Historically, September became the peak month of the season as bachelor farmers flocked to Lisdoonvarna in search of a wife after harvesting their crops. While there’s only one true matchmaker in business these days, farmer and publican Willie Daly, singles from all over the world now flock to the town to mingle, dance and have fun. For more details, see

As Ireland celebrates “The Gathering,” a reunion for those with ties to the country, Lisdoonvarna for the first time will hold “The Outing,” in which the first weekend of matchmaking festivities offers entertainment that might appeal to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. There will be discounts at the abundant natural attractions of County Clare for guests of “The Outing.”

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