On the back of Ireland says ‘I do’: The Marriage Equality Bill will be passed this week in the Dail.
Panti said in the video ‘That wonderful Irish wordsmith Oscar Wilde once said ‘To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance’ ‘But I tend to think that romance is far, far better when there’s more than your good self in the picture…’.
‘If you’re looking for the love of your life, you’ve come to the right place, because we want to invite you ALL to The Outing – The World’s First EVER LGBT Matchmaking & Music Festival’ Panti said
‘Why? Because at its helm is the specialist skills of master matchmaker, Willie Daly and myself on standby just to see can I even match make…’.said Panti
‘There’ll be plenty of fun, laughter and the very best of Old Ireland, with music, dancing and plenty of craic…This is New Twist on an old tradition’
‘And the setting? Who could ask for a more incredible backdrop than County Clare’s Lisdoonvarna on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. This little village has been matchmaking since way back in the 1850s!’
‘Panti said ‘And if love does blossom – with or without Willie’s help – you never know where it could lead, perhaps even marriage? And we’ve kind of got that covered, too – as now same sex couples can get married in the Republic of Ireland’.
You see, ‘It’s All about Love here in Ireland‘…
When Ireland voted to introduce same-sex marriage, Tourism Ireland launched a new campaign to promote the country as a wedding and honeymoon destination for same-sex couples. The “Ireland says I do” initiative aims to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourists to visit Ireland and to corner a larger slice of what chief executive Niall Gibbons described as a “new and emerging” tourism market.
The annual international travel spend by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourists was estimated to have been worth in excess of $200 billion US dollars in 2014 with European LGBT travellers spending an estimated $66 billion.
“We just struck while the iron was hot. But what none of us saw coming was the scale of the outpouring of positivity. Ireland has been in the headlines for all the right reasons in all our key markets over the past few days.
“And not just in traditional media outlets such as the Guardian but also on social media with everyone from Miley Cyrus to Stephen Fry, personalities with a huge following, plugging Ireland”.
Mr Gibbons said the campaign would include the continued promotion of The Outing, an offshoot of the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in Co Clare, which is marketed as the world’s first-ever LGBT matchmaking festival.
The Outing Lisdoonvarna LGBT Matchmaking & Music Festival Co. Clare Ireland, October 2nd – 4th 2015 is hosted by Panti Bliss. Now in its third year, the fast growing offshoot of the historical Lisdoonvarna matchmaking festival is back and bigger than ever. With pop-up clubs, drag performances, comedy, live music, GAZE Film Festival on tour, art exhibition and interactive events, it’s a guaranteed craic-filled weekend away on Ireland’s stunning west coast and part of The Atlantic Way.
This rural alternative to the popular Fire Island in New York to Gay Prides around the world is perfect for Irish and international travellers who want to head a little off the beaten track. Yes ‘You’re Not The Only Gay in This Village’ as Panti said ‘An LGBT weekend away like no other. I’m only just recovering from last year’s craic!’.
Details of entertainment, hotel accommodation, local activities and ticket sales are available at www.theouting.ie
€239 per person sharing or €269 for a single room, The Outing package comprises a luxury hotel stay with full Irish breakfast, and access to all entertainment throughout the weekend.
The Outing also supports and sponsors BeLonG To, who celebrate over 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.