Lisdoonvarna - Irish Enigma

Penny W-TStarred Page By Penny W-T, 25th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1behemv0/
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Lisdoonvarna? The name conjures magic and curiosity ! What is it about this village that gives it such a repuatation? Never been there? Well it should be included in your itinerary if at all possible - its legendary reputation precedes it all around the world. I was lucky enough to visit there once upon a time . . . . . . . .

Exploring Lisdoonvarna

Abandoned, deserted, empty streets, by October this centre of romantic imagery is quiet, the lively events of September’s annual ‘match-making’ celebrations have come and gone, with hearts blended or broken by decisions that have been made. A long main street reminiscent of the 50s and 60s is classic in its style - a typical rural village that has grown up into a town, but is never quite sure how . . . full of hotels and bars, and perched on the edge of the magical wide open spaces of the Burren.

The place to stay

There is a feel to this place - an aura emanating from the buildings, the streets, the open landscape, the hopes and despairs of thousands who have come here with a hope to find whatever they feel their life lacks. These things were unknown - this place was new, exciting, an empty page in the diary of life, waiting to see what is offered. The hotel was still lively - groups enjoying an end of season break - buzzing with life and lively conversation, traditional music and dimmed lights. Cosy bars and deep seats; friendly company that draws conversation; a few drinks to loosen the tongue or inspire confidences.

What is the magic?

The village, or town, is unique. Its reputation precedes it in peoples minds. To be your first destination in this country elicits curiosity and humour - and when you know its history, it can even make you think carefully. Does this place have something special? Is there a magic in the air? Can it affect your senses, your emotions? In the clear light of day it is still enigmatic, closed and dressed for winter, the majority of its hotels have ended their seasons - gaunt, cold structures that are hibernating until spring. Most of the year it will be just another town on the edge of the Burren, a few miles from the wild Atlantic coast, where tourists will come and wonder what it is that makes this place special. But for the month of September it becomes the jewel in the crown of this ancient Celtic kingdom - it generates energy, life, enthusiasm and hope. It creates futures and changes pasts and gives hope for the present time. It also generates fun, a party atmosphere and a ‘live for the day’ philosophy

The aura of the village

It has a forceful impact on your life, regardless of whether you want it or not. Its invisible spirit filters your subconscious and your unconscious thoughts, moulding your impressions, influencing them, creating and giving a whirl to those deepest emotions that often lie dormant. Lisdoonvarna imposes a strange charisma that will draw you back to these origins again and again - each time to wonder what hold this place has on your thoughts - and over the relationships it created, that were unsought then but essential to your future. It is a place you never leave, and one which never leaves you or lets you go. This is the enigma of Lisdoonvarna - intangible, invasive, inescapable

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Ireland, Lisdoonvarna, Matchmaker Town, Travel

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author avatar Penny W-T
Published articles on education themes, travel, history and writing techniques. Written a book on WW1 - Gallipoli, and travel books. Run a marketing network for small businesses.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
25th Jun 2013 (#)

Cool! I'd never heard of this place.

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author avatar Penny W-T
25th Jun 2013 (#)

It's a truly awesome place Phyl even out of the 'season' there is a lot of entertainment and dancing going on there.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
25th Jun 2013 (#)

fantastic telling Penny...you really can pen it...thank you...

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author avatar Penny W-T
26th Jun 2013 (#)

Than k you for the compliment CNW. Some places just flood the thought processes with ideas, and this is one of them.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Jun 2013 (#)

what a great setting and idea...thanks Penny-:0)

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author avatar Penny W-T
28th Jun 2013 (#)

It is a lovely location, and very unique. I think over the years it has also been very successful !

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author avatar Rose*
8th Dec 2013 (#)

This reminds me of the movie "The Matchmaker"!

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author avatar Penny W-T
13th Jul 2014 (#)

I think I am right in saying that the film is based on the history of this village Rose. Sorry for the delay in replying I have been ill and off line. But back now so we hopefully will have some more material soon.

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