The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is gaining new fans after a US video about it aired on the Hallmark Channel last week.
As a result, organizers and tourist industry professionals have been flooded with inquiries regarding the County Clare festival.
Actors Allen Leech, who played Tom Branson in Downtown Abbey, and JoAnne Garcia Swisher, who starred in Netflix’s Sweet Magnolia, appear in the film, ‘As Luck Would Have It.
Lindsey is the central character of the film, and she travels to Ireland in order to purchase land that would be ideal for a resort.
As a way to demonstrate her commitment to the community and gain the attention of a hot local, she enters the town’s matchmaking festival.
One of two big television shows that reference the festival in recent years, this is one of them.
In the series finale of the multi-award-winning ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ actress Annie Murphy, who plays Alexis Rose, makes a serious allusion to the festival with a reference to “Singles Week.”
He said: “It’s great to see that the festival has piqued US filmmakers’ interest and we are grateful that it has been used as a key part of the film’s plot.”
As soon as the movie came out last week, we have been getting a lot of messages and emails from people asking about the festival. Many of them only learned about it after watching the movie.
County Clare and Ireland will become more popular as tourist destinations when the country opens up more, which will help with that.
It was also a good thing that the film had been talked about a lot in the media in both the United States and the United Kingdom last week.
FILMED IN IRELAND
It was shot completely in Ireland in February of this year, with locales such as the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Glendalough in County Wicklow, Lismore Castle in County Waterford, and Howth Castle, and Johnnie Fox’s tavern in Glencullen, Dublin, appearing in it.
When the production team from Hallmark first got in touch with Julie Carr, who is in charge of media relations for the festival, they expressed an initial interest in filming in the village. This was in the spring of 2019.
“Even though the matchmaking sequences were filmed somewhere else, it was extremely easy to see that many components of the festival had been copied, such as the dancing, matchmaking, and even the design of the festival’s posters, which were all very similar.”
The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival was postponed last year owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, marking the first time in the festival’s 165-year history that it had been canceled.
The announcement of the festival’s lineup for this year is likely to take place in July.