History of matchmaking in ireland

The next day, we drag our weary butts out of bed and traipse into town for a lookie-loo. The first stop is the Roadside Tavern for a bite and beer tasting, teeming with fatigued festival-goers.

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Here on the second floor of the pub, Brewmaster Peter Curtin makes a handful of malty ales - none of which are bottled. To fill our bellies with more than beer, we order a tasting board of hot and cold smoked salmon, fresh from Ireland's west coast and marinated with flavours like whiskey and fennel, or mustard seed and paprika.

We're munching away, when one patron steals the piano and starts playing show tunes.

Lisdoonvarna and Matchmaking

Within minutes, a sing-along erupts in the pub. A pint or two later, my sweet tooth is acting up, so I mosey over to Hazel Mountain Chocolates , a bean to bar artisanal chocolate factory located in the foothills of the Burren.

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Nestled amongst craggy hills and emerald green fields, the scenery here is sublime - but the heavenly aroma of roasted beans and sweet chocolate equally entices visitors. I pop a sample into my mouth and taste the velvety dark chocolate melt on my tongue - pure bliss. Surrounded by trays of handmade truffles and bars flavoured with fixings like elderberry, hazelnuts, green gooseberry and smoked salt, I'm already pulling out my wallet.

It's comforting to know that even if you can't find love in Lisdoonvarna, there's always chocolate and a "good craic.

The evolution of: matchmaking

Make sure to buy tickets in advance! Lisdoonvarna is a small village on the West Coast of Ireland, about 10 minute drive from the famous Wild Atlantic Way. It's a 3-hour drive from Dublin, and your best bet is to rent a car and drive yourself there. For more travel inspiration and advice, mosey on over to Eat Drink Travel Magazine.

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Matchmaking in Ireland

Lisa Jackson The next day, we drag our weary butts out of bed and traipse into town for a lookie-loo. Lisa Jackson To fill our bellies with more than beer, we order a tasting board of hot and cold smoked salmon, fresh from Ireland's west coast and marinated with flavours like whiskey and fennel, or mustard seed and paprika. Lisa Jackson A pint or two later, my sweet tooth is acting up, so I mosey over to Hazel Mountain Chocolates , a bean to bar artisanal chocolate factory located in the foothills of the Burren.

With the harvest safely in and September being the peak holiday month, many bachelor farmers began to flock to Lisdoonvarna for a spa town vacation — and in search of a wife. While the festival has moved into the 21st century, Willie still believes in the old fashioned method of round the table talks with couples and getting the passion flowing by getting them dancing together.

His passion is to help hopeful singles, of all ages and nationalities, find a life partner and have a lot of fun on the way. This was the nineteenth century, and houses had no electricity or running water. There were no motor cars and the matchmaking was conducted at horse fairs or cattle fairs or at weddings, and even funerals.

The streets ring out with music and song, buzzing with dance, the craic and love for life.