On Saturday night, 24 October 1915, a group of about 25 men from Queen’s County were staying in a hotel on Gardiner Street in Dublin. They were the hurlers of Leix – as Queen’s County was officially known in GAA circles – and they were in Dublin to play the All-Ireland hurling final against Cork.
THE Wild Honey Inn is a former Victorian hostelry dating back to 1841 when well-heeled gentry regularly decamped to Lisdoonvarna to ‘take the waters’ and restore ailing spirits with spa treatments, and was lovingly restored a decade ago by chef/proprietor Aidan McGrath and his partner Kate Sweeney, who looks after accommodation and restaurant front of house.
A South African widow who has sold her house and business to find love in Lisdoonvarna is attracting unprecedented interest from would-be suitors ahead of the start of the matchmaking festival.
A bachelor farmer in a remote part of South Kerry, who was given time to organise his cattle and a chance to go to Lisdoonvarna to find “a nice woman” to drive him around during his disqualification for drink-driving, has been put off the road for three years.
Small, well-presented and seeking new prospects... maybe more? That’s the possible sales pitch for Daly’s bar in Co Clare’s Ennistymon, long associated with the family of famed Clare matchmaker Willie Daly, and freshly up for grabs.
I know I mentioned it here before but, in all fairness, as the TV advertising continues apace, it is now time for the IFA to strongly intervene with the relevant authorities over the portrayal of that idiot farmer with a pig in the parlour, and nothing better to do than watch films on the box in the corner, while the bonham slumbers in a chair which is more opulently cushioned than the one on which I am sitting now.
A 60-year-old bachelor farmer who lives in an isolated area and whose neighbours are “alright” will not be put off the road until December — to allow him to make arrangements for his cows and possibly find “a nice woman”, at Lisdoonvarna who could drive him around, a court has decided.