The Outing: Irish Matchmaking for the Gay Community

You’ve probably heard of the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, maybe you’ve even traveled to Ireland for a romantic getaway. Whatever your intentions, if you consider yourself part of the gay community, we’ve got news for you!

It’s called The Outing and it happens in Lisdoonvarna every year at the end of the summer. For an entire weekend, the town will be taken over by the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community to host a phenomenal Irish matchmaking event.

Throughout the weekend, events, shows and maybe a few Irish drinks will take center stage to help everyone, and we do mean everyone, find love. What’s the big deal?

In the history of Irish matchmaking, Lisdoovarna gets its fame for being the town where farmers came (in the fall, after the harvest was gathered) to find a bride. The month-long event has historically focused on heterosexual couplings. All the local happenings encouraged single men to find single women. Not anymore.

For the first time ever, the LGBT community will kicked off the Irish matchmaking event. They plan to continue the tradition each summer.

Now, if you’re ready to book your tickets, just go to their website ( to get started. You might have trouble finding an Irish hotel so plan to arrive early and consider driving in from Dublin (almost 3 hours away) or Galway (about an hour).

The other piece, of course, is that Irish matchmaking isn’t the only focus. Most folks attend the event to have fun and get really, really happy in the Irish pubs, if you know what we mean.

Also, you’ll remember that while being gay in Ireland is becoming more and more acceptable, it’s still, primarily, a Christian country. Don’t expect festivities to go spilling out everywhere in town.

But as long as you’re in Lisdoovarna, boys are welcome to dress as girls and girls can feel free to court other girls — the Irish matchmaking event is all about kicking off a month long celebration which may just lead to the Irish honeymoon of your dreams. Good luck, kids!



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