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Lisdoonvarna is located in the area of County Clare known as the Burren, on the N67 road between Ballyvaughan and Matchmaking ireland lisdoonvarna. The Aille river flows through the town, where it is joined by the Gowlaun and Kilmoon streams.

The town is in the civil parish of Kilmoon. Nearby townlands in this parish include Ballyinsheen Beg, Ballyinsheen More, Rathbaun and Rooska. 3 km to the northeast of the town, near the remains of a Norman-era castle. The present town is a comparatively new one by Irish standards, dating mainly from the start of the 19th century. The spa official opened in 1845, but the town was visited before by people partaking of the waters. Even by the 1880s, however, the facilities were quite primitive.

The wells were privately owned, by the Guthrie family. The wells were later developed and baths built by the new owner, a Dr. Westropp, who lived in a house overlooking the spa. A detachment of the Royal Irish Constabulary defended the house and its owner and there was heavy fighting in and around the house. The spa prospered into the 20th century. In 1920, it was called the «Homberg of the Irish priests».

In September each year one of Europe’s largest matchmaking events is held in the town attracting upwards of 40,000 romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers. The month-long event is an important tourist attraction. The current matchmaker is Willie Daly, a fourth-generation matchmaker. A now-defunct music festival which took place near the town is celebrated in a song of the same name written by the Irish folk singer, Christy Moore.

This festival took place until 1983, when the last event was marred by a riot and the accidental drowning of eight people. The spa originally consisted of four wells. Copperas Well, on Kilmoon stream, is now closed. It was used externally for skin conditions, ulcers and sores. The Magnesia and Iron Well remains open in season.