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Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival cancelled again

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The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, which typically attracts as many as 60,000 visitors, has been cancelled again for the second year in a row due to covid-19.

The event was due to be held in September in the area close to the Burren in Co. Clare. Festival Organiser Marcus White issued a statement on the decision to cancel.

“As the Government have advised that there should be no large-scale indoor events until the whole population has been vaccinated, this year’s Lisdoonvarna Festival has regrettably been cancelled,” said White.

“Many people, especially younger ones, will not be fully vaccinated before the end of September.

“All our events are staged inside including the country music marquee which can accommodate up to 2,000 people which is not permissible under current guidelines.

“We would not be able to manage the very large crowds that normally throng our small town for a month.

“We also have a duty of care to protect the health and safety of the local community, staff, artists and visitors so we will not be taking any risks.”

According to organisers, this year international interest in the festival has skyrocketed due to the release of the Hollywood film “As Luck Would Have It.”

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