Great start to Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Great start to Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival


Thousands of people have attended the opening weekend of the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival which got off a flying start, with the Senior Clare Hurlers launch at the Hydro Hotel.

Marcus White, Managing Director of White Tours and Hotels commented: “The event was organised for the Clare Hurling Team to raise much needed funds for the provision of identified facilities, equipment and services for Clare hurling.”

“It was a great success and it was encouraging to see so many of the local community turn out to meet the team.”

The team met with fans, old and young at the hotel and signed Clare jerseys. One of those who met the team was Clare FM competition winner Julie Higgins.

“It was a lovely night and a real pleasure to meet the team. Getting the Clare Hurlers jersey signed was very special to me and my late father would have been very proud. He was a huge fan and would have travelled miles to get a good telegraph pole to listen to matches, when we were kids, such happy memories.”

Members of the team also attended the opening night of the County music events at the Marquee to see Declan Nerney and Gerry Guthrie.

“Club Clare, the Clare Senior Hurling management team and the players had a very successful and enjoyable night and are greatly appreciative of the management of the Hydro hotel for facilitating us.  We received wonderful hospitality and very generous support provided for the Clare hurling training fund in Lisdoonvarna on Friday night.” commented Donal Maloney, Gerry O’Connor from Clare Hurlers management team and Eugene Drennan from Club Clare.

Next weekend’s big Country Music events kicks off with headliners Derek Ryan, Mike Denver and Cliona Hagan at the marquee, with music and dancing in venues all over the village.

Tickets for the Country Music events are available on or can be purchased at the door.

The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival continues for the next month for full schedule go to

*The Festival is supported by Clare County Council and Failte Ireland.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.