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Lisdoonvarna, County Clare

county clareLisdoonvarna (Irish: meaning 'Enclosure at the Fort by the Gap') is a spa town of less than 1000 people in County Clare, famous for its music and festivals.

Lisdoonvarna is renowned for its Spa Wells Health Centre, the only spa in Ireland, which as well as its healing sulphur and chalybeate springs, has a Victorian pump house, sauna, a massage room and mineral baths all in beautiful woodland surroundings.

A short distance to the west of Lahinch is the Spectacle Bridge which derives its name from the double lower arch forming a circular opening, so built because the Aille River flows through a deep narrow gorge and the bridge must support the road at a point 25m above the river.

Another well-known attraction is the Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre famous for the very fine oak smoked Atlantic salmon it produces. Here visitors can learn the ancient tradition of cold smoking salmon and also the folklore of salmon.

Thousands of visitors enjoy events which take place in Lisdoonvarna, numerous traditional Irish music festivals and sessions. Each year in September, one of Europe's largest matchmaking events - Lisdoonvarna Matchmakers Festival - is held in the town, attracting upwards of 40,000 romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers ... in search of love!

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