MODERN TAKE ON AN OLD TRADITION: Bunny, veteran festival matchmaker Willie Daly, second from left, Regina George, Brendan Courtney and Panti gear up for The Outing in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare.
Sunday Independent – 01 September 2013
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Panti singing Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ Sean-Nos style.
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"It's just going to be a really, really fun event and our whole idea is to make it as welcoming and inclusive as possible so everyone can enjoy it."
Donal Mulligan, Outing director
LISDOONVARNA is going pink!!
Yes, Europe's oldest and boldest Matchmaking Festival is getting more inclusive and is opening this season with a gay-themed weekend.
The media are already very excited about it, judging from the chatter, and thats just day one!
Dubbed ‘The Outing,’ the weekend will feature matchmaking events, concerts and more, all hosted by drag-queen Panti.
Event Director Donal Mulligan said, “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.”
Organizer Marcus White said, “We are trying to put a different twist on the festival. It is going to be same as any other matchmaking weekend – we will have entertainment, music and dancing – but this will be a gay and lesbian weekend.”
Of course, all this is nothing new. In more innocent times, up until the 1970s, the Ballybunion Batchelor Festival was called the Ballybunion Gay Batchelor Festival. The prizewinner got an increase in prize money if they married within a year. We kid you not! See the cutting on the left from 1972, courtesy of Limerick Library on Twitter @Luimneach1913
For more details on the Gay and Lesbian Weekend in Lisdoonvarna see www.theouting.ie
Meet your match: Lisdoonvarna goes gay
Irish Times Tuesday 27th August.Read the full article
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The world famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival draws huge crowds of over 20,000 people to the busy pubs and hotels every year during the whole month of September. They come for love, dancing, music, racing and a good time, and judging by the numbers of returning visitors, they aren't disappointed! Have a look at some of the pics in the Lisdoon Festival or Willie Daly to get some of the flavour and colour of the festival...
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