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PANTI IS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A MAN AT LISDOONVARNA, AS TICKETS GO ON SALE FOR “THE OUTING”
Presiding over Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival’s first ever gay weekend as “Mistress of Ceremonies” is Dublin drag-queen Panti. Dubbed “high queen of Ireland” in the LGBT community, she’ll be fresh from a run of her Abbey-Peacock Theatre show when she heads west for The Outing, and hosting the festivities isn’t the only thing on her mind. She’s hoping to enlist the help of Willie Daly – the fourth-generation “last true Matchmaker in Ireland” – to help her snare a man: “I’m looking forward to bring some gay glitter to Lisdoonvarna, and in between the dancing and the craic, trying to find the perfect match that has so far eluded me. Watch out Lisdoonvarna, I’m determined to get my man!”
The world’s first Gay and Lesbian Matchmaking weekend kicks off with céili dancing, a live show from Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh, and incredible club sets from the DJs of The Dragon Dublin On Tour and Club Tease.
Jonny Woo, Queen of London’s Alternative Drag Scene – rated 5 stars by Time Out Magazine and The New York Times – will be flying in to provide a live show on the Saturday Night, and will certainly bring an international sparkle to the sleepy Clare town.
Dónal Mulligan, (co-Director of the event with Eddie McGuinness) who said the entertainment list continues to grow, feels that the mix of traditional and contemporary is a substantial draw; “Where else would you find a tea dance hosted by a drag-queen, where you can start your evening with a gentle waltz, or a set-dance, before it accelerates to incredible live acts and sets by the best DJs on the gay club scene in Ireland. Nothing like this has happened before and we think it’s going to become an annual fixture!”
McGuinness and Mulligan have worked with local attractions and activities to provide deals for their guests, who can enjoy the likes of Cliffs of Moher cruises, Burren hikes, caving, rock-climbing, surfing and more – a broad selection of ways to spend the day with that potential new partner, before heading back to the dance floor.
Tickets for the event went on sale this week and are reported to be selling strongly. “We’re delighted to see so many sold in just the first few days”, said Eddie McGuinness (co-Director of the event with Dónal), “but we’re not surprised – it’s a new and very fun festival, with great entertainment and a beautiful hotel stay among the most scenic landscapes in Ireland.”
Details of entertainment, hotel accommodation, local activities and ticket sales are available at www.theouting.ie
€199 per person sharing or €239 for a single room, The Outing package comprises a luxury hotel stay with full Irish breakfast, and access to all entertainment throughout the weekend.
For more information:
Contact: [email protected]
Interviews with Event Directors:
Dónal Mulligan: +353 86 727 3353
Eddie McGuinness: +353 86 388 4242
EMcG Public Relations, www.emcgpr.com , [email protected]
Michael Barron (Director, BelongTo): [email protected]
Panti (Hostess, MC): [email protected]
Notes to Editor:
The Outing supports and sponsors BeLonG To, who celebrate 10 years of support services for LGBT young people in Ireland. BeLonG To is currently working to develop a network of support groups in small towns and villages around Ireland and applauds the lead Lisdoonvarna has taken in welcoming LGBT people. (Further details on The Outing website here. A video detailing BeLonG To’s 10 years is available here.)
For those of you looking for love (or just fun-seekers!), each year Matchmaker Ireland revisits this tradition in the small village of Lisdoonvarna, in a series of events that make up the famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival (30th August 2013 – 29th September 2013) – 5 Great weeks of celebration of love, music and dancing for singles and couples.
The village of Lisdoonvarna is a lovely spot in itself, and there are 13 pubs in Lisdoonvarna with music playing from 12 noon till 2 am in the morning throughout the month-long festival during August/September. Lisdoonvarna also has the only natural spa water in Ireland, so squeezing in a visit there is worthwhile.