EILE Special: It’s All About Love For LGBT Matchmaking Festival At Lisdoonvarna

Ireland's legendary drag queen, Panti Bliss, will be the host with the most at The Outing, Ireland's LGBT Matchmaking Festival.

Ireland’s legendary drag queen, Panti Bliss, will be the host with the most at The Outing, Ireland’s LGBT Matchmaking Festival.

‘It’s All About Love’ at the world’s 1st LGBT Matchmaking Festival is part of the historic Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival. 

After the success of last year’s event, visitors from around the world are on their way back to Lisdoonvarna village in Co. Clare in the West of Ireland. The World Famous 157 year old Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is going Gay for the second year in a row. 

Drag High-Queen of Ireland, and national treasure, Panti Bliss, said:

“The first LGBT weekend in Lisdoonvarna was SO much fun last year so I am really looking forward to doing it all again this year. Who’d have thought bringing a bunch of gays down to a small country village in the West of Ireland would have been such great craic?! Oh that’s right… everybody”.

In 2014, The Outing Lisdoonvarna LGBT Matchmaking and Music Festival will come to life with more entertainment, more clubs, more DJ’s, some comedy and more craic to be had by all. This is the LGBT music festival to be at, as we take over the historic village of Lisdoonvarna, its hotels, its bars, and its venues for the whole weekend, from the 3rd – 6th October.

Panti, who will host the weekend as Mistress of Ceremonies and “Queen of Hearts” shared her excitement:

“Last year I even got to try my hand at a bit of matchmaking and my success rate wasn’t too shabby. And this year Brian Kennedy will be on hand to sing at any shotgun weddings so potentially I could pull off something big! Lisdoonvarna’s own legendary matchmaker Willie Daly has some overly-made up competition. No, not Brendan Courtney! I mean me. Though Brendan will be there to set up some blind dates so if anything goes wrong I’ll just blame him”.

As part of the festival this year there will be ‘An Evening with Brian Kennedy’ live in The Hydro Ballroom. This will be Brian’s 1st LGBT concert after doing a PA at Dublin Pride a few years back.

Last year, Lisdoonvarna residents and local business owners voiced their enthusiasm for what they see as a welcome new twist on the generations-old festival, which looks set to bring a new sector of tourists to the area. Fourth generation matchmaker, Willie Daly, will be present during The Outing’s weekend and feels ready to bring some new couples together again this year! “Matchmaking has always been about love”, he said. This year’s festival theme is ‘It’s All About Love’.

The Outing comprises a weekend package of hotel accommodation and full entertainment, fusing old Ireland with gay club life, as céilithe sit next to drag shows, and tea dances lead into late night DJ sets. Event Director Eddie McGuinness has worked with club events for several years, and says that the unique and novel fusion on offer here was what enticed him to put together The Outing.

“Traditional Irish events like céilí dances have had it right for hundreds of years”, says Eddie. “They’re a perfect way to meet new people in a lively, comfortable and fun atmosphere. We’re taking the best of old Ireland – music, dancing and matchmaking – and putting it together with the variety of entertainment on offer in the LGBT community. It was a very effective combination last year!”

The Outing is working together with Marriage Equality this year, as well as Gay Switchboard Ireland and BelongTo, raising much needed funds for these hard working and worthwhile community groups.

EILE Magazine is delighted to be Media Partner for The Outing 2014, and will be regularly updating our readers with the latest details and giveaways for The Outing! Stay tuned to EILE, but for now, all information can be found at theouting.ie!

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