Ireland seems to love festivals and one of the most unique is the Matchmaking Festival in Lisdoonvarna which we were lucky to experience when we stayed there for a couple of nights.
Each September the small town comes to life. Traditionally September was the peak month of the holiday season and with the harvest safely in, bachelor farmers flocked to Lisdoonvarna in search of a wife. In the 1920s, matchmaking was still in vogue and people continued to come and "take the waters" (Lisdoonvarna is a spa town), including many of Ireland's clergy. It was around this time that one of Lisdoonvarna's most famous sayings was coined, describing the town as a place "where parish priests pretend to be sober and bank clerks pretend to be drunk".
Today, there is just one official Matchmaker left in Co. Clare: Mr Willie Daly who runs the riding centre outside Ennistymon and practices match-making part time. With the exception of the pairings he plans and negotiates, very little genuine matchmaking takes place nowadays. However, Lisdoonvarna's annual festival has evolved into Europe's largest single's event. People don't necessarily come to look for a spouse - they come by the thousands in search of a good time. For the month of September, dances run from 12.00 noon each day and carry on into the small hours of the next morning.
We saw people of all ages from 8 to 80, most dressed up in their finery, strutting their stuff and generally having a great time. The small town was bursting at the seams and each pub seemed to cater for a different age group with music ranging from traditional Irish to Country and Western. Alcohol flowed in copious amounts 24 hours a day.
On a personal note, I didn’t find a rich farmer so I am not seeking a divorce from my husband and as far as I know, he didn’t find a better cook than me!
The shot accompanying this note is not great. Taken in the morning the Matchmaker Bar was on the shady side of the street but I thought you might enjoy the story.
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Highmountains (2251) 2013-10-27 1:33
Its a bright, colorful and a lively photograph.... and the script on the posters is typical deadpan humor. Add to this - your personal note.... Ha Ha Ha ...and you centered your focus on "Marriages are made in ......Matchmaker Bar".
The bright orange facade and blocks of blue dominate the color pattern and though we see nothing of the inside of the Bar, I do get the feel that it should be a "Happy" place to be.
Thanks for sharing, Good Cook !!
Wanda1 (14406) 2013-10-27 1:40
Thats really funny! and they certainly attract attention with their bright colours, I guess one can't miss where to go to find ones match. A nice quirky shot to brighten up the Sunday ;-)
olive224 (2583) 2013-10-27 1:52
Nice colors and funny idea !
I try a WS for a closer framing
Nicou (105947) 2013-10-27 2:38
Merveilleux graphisme et vue sueprbe compo et cpatage quelle façade tout orange avec les reflets dans le vitres c'est sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
rbassin (13385) 2013-10-27 2:42
Une bonne composition sur cette façade chargée d'inscriptions et de motifs de toutes sortes.
snunney (72796) 2013-10-27 2:52
I have heard of this festival before but your note and accompanying picture both add to my knowledge. Good capture of this colourful façade that has much to retain the viewer's interest.
jemaflor (74128) 2013-10-27 2:55
Excellent with all these colors, good presentation, interesting and photogenic house, tfs.
krzychu30 (12777) 2013-10-27 3:55
haha,good and funny sentence!that´s first.
But I enjoy also the way you composed the picture.It´s well close-up and framed.And the rest make these beautiful,vivid colors.
You´re wrote the picture is not great,but I don´t agree with you.It´s not always about beautiful,postcard views.
And your picture accompanied by interesting note tells us really a nice story and brings us closer a this part of Irish culture.
It has definitely something charming in itself.
Have a nice sunday
Noel_Byrne (13436) 2013-10-27 4:17
There is so much in this scene to make a person smile, not least the image of the two cherubs and the hearty farmer in front, with what looks like an armload of vegetables!! Haha, what a strange scene. I think this is a beautiful shot, again the colors strike me so much, all those tones of red and orange, and the flags of many nations add to this beautifully, giving more color and a wonderful international feel to this small town.
Your shot has reinvigorated my interest in Lisdoonvarna too. I visited once many years ago, while on the way to the Cliffs of Moher, and the festival was not on. It rained the entire day, almost everything was shut and it was so grey and miserable. I see timing is the key thing here!
Beautiful share, and another wonderful addition to your Irish gallery, once again capturing such an important tradition.
Cheers and Slainte!
timecapturer (37200) 2013-10-27 5:15
very colourful shot this and one full of Irish charm. I have heard about these match making festivals, but never realised they had a bar and that it was so well publicised. Images do not get any more original than this and all executed perfectly. Looks wonderful and definitely an event worth experiencing! Love is in the air!
Well not so much love in the air here but a decidedly rush of air. It is already blowing a gale and the hurricane named St Jude is not set to hit us until early Monday morning. St Jude is the patron saint of depression and lost causes and his feast day is on Monday - only in the UK could they make it into some sort of joke. Been securing things in the garden and cutting back plants, I live up on the start of the Downs so a bit exposed and my big worry is the huge sycamore tree that sits outside my property it could cause a lot of damage if it falls. Thanks for your concern Rosemary. B.
Sergiom (45567) 2013-10-27 5:38
Les couleurs sont vives et doivent attirer les gens qui recherchent l'amour vers cet établissement. Je vois les notes dans les fenêtres et je me dis qu'il y a des gens qui sont désespérés.
Romano46 (11607) 2013-10-27 6:02
quando si parla dei colori d'Irlanda (in Italia una famosa cantante gli ha dedicato una canzone) si pensa alle grandi distese di verde ed ai cieli grigi come il mare in tempesta ed invece , come dimostri te in questa foto, l'Irlanda più essere anche colore ed allegria, perchè una simile rappresentazione non può che ispirare tale sentimento.
Una ripresa fatta con molta finezza con cura maniacale del dettaglio e luce straordinaria.
Complimenti per la bella cattura.
Ciao e buona domenica
dekanski (1085) 2013-10-27 9:32
I enjoyed it, your stories make me start seriously thinking to visit Ireland!
dkmurphys (42597) 2013-10-27 12:55
A kitschy facade but very spectacular. I like the upper slogan, funny idea.
Well taken, enjoy a good new week.
carlo62 (19513) 2013-10-27 15:00
un curioso festival che si ripropone da anni.
La foto è una bella macchia di colore, se poi si pensa che è stata fatta in Irlanda, il valore è doppio.
Una bella documentazione.
PS ti ho già mandato una mail
trevormoffiet (1358) 2013-10-28 2:05
The colours of the image certainly attracted me to view the image. I love your note.
Kugart (1776) 2013-10-28 3:12
Lisdoonvarna festival is quite famous throughout Ireland and most treat it as a bit of fun. Your shot of the Matchmaker bar is so colourful with the vivid orange front and the clarity and sharpness of the picture is amazing. Perfect presentation for TE.
bayno (18338) 2013-10-28 4:16
the picture made me smile, a simple composition with an infinite number of elements to be observed including reflections in the windows, fine details, the color palette is full...
mkamionka (27115) 2013-10-28 9:43
beautiful and so full of color presentation from Ireland. The pink and orange are so saturated that they really catch the eye. Very funny note too.
Very well done!
Silvio1953 (105653) 2013-10-28 14:08
Ciao Rosemary, fun shoot, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
mvdisco (17122) 2013-10-28 20:13
Belle présentation de ce Bar Irlandais *marchmaker Bar*,
belle façade aux riches couleurs qui attirent l'attention,
jolie composition et présentation ,
willperrett (4099) 2013-10-29 15:00
Who could walk past this pub without taking a photograph? And probably popping in for a pint as well! The colours are so tacky, but make a striking image; I wonder what the neighbours make of it?
abmdsudi (32529) 2013-10-30 7:04
Just lovely, a very well seen and captured image of having interests in both contents and the vibrant appetizing colours of cheery facade. I love an old fashioned feel about this, that's the Ireland we want. Great stuff, bright and clear so well shot, Congrats
annjackman (15581) 2013-10-31 0:29
I loved the story and the image. Not a colour combination that I would choose to paint an exterior! Your picture is of excellent quality and the detail is such fun.
Kind Regards, Ann
Graal (92190) 2013-10-31 12:27
unusual facade here and inscriptions. Good captured place and presentation here. Fine title. Well done photo, comment is ok. also.
Have a nice evening.