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Upcoming Events in Clare

Traditional Irish Music

Traditional Irish Music in our Poets Corner Bar

Every Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday & Sunday night.

Merriman Summer School - Ennis

13th Aug 2014 - 17th Aug 2014

The famous Merriman Summer School returns to Ennis in 2014. Social historians, creative writers, ethno-musicologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, journalists and critics explore 'Emotional Life in Ireland'. Included in the extensive programme will be a seminar series on the writings of Edna O'Brien and daily poetry readings at mid-day ('Cúirt an Mheán Lae'). The Director of Merriman SS 2014 is Professor Patricia Coughlan of UCC. Check out www.merriman.ie for updates on speakers, themes, and further information.

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

29th Aug 2014 - 5th Oct 2014

Matchmaking is one of Ireland's oldest traditions and, for the last couple of hundred years, a good deal of it has taken place in Lisdoonvarna during September and early October.    The name Lisdoonvarna comes from 'Lios Duin Bhearna', which means the lios or enclosure of the fort in the gap. The town developed into a tourist centre as early as the middle of the 18th-century when a top Limerick surgeon discovered the beneficial effects of its mineral waters. People travelled from near and far to bathe in, and drink, the mineral waters. Rich in iron, sulphur and magnesium, the waters gave relief from the symptoms of certain diseases including rheumatism and glandular fever. T 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. Set dancing exhibitions are also a feature of the event and there's live Irish music in most pubs, although getting to the bar can be quite a task, but don't worry or hurry, because the music carries on until the early hours.     If you can afford the time and you're single, head for Lisdoonvarna this September and early October. You never know - as well as enjoying all of the good-natured fun and grand "craic", you might also find the perfect mate!