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LOOKING FOR LOVE IN LISDOONVARNA

BELLA QVIST TRAVELS TO IRELAND FOR LGBT MATCH-MAKING FESTIVAL THE OUTING AND FINDS A NATION BURSTING WITH PRIDE AFTER A HISTORIC EQUAL MARRIAGE VOTE
Love and pride: LGBT singletons hit the streets of Lisdoonvarna

I arrive at Dublin airport on a gorgeous autumn morning and am greeted by the kind of sunshine that makes you feel all warm inside. I tell my taxi driver I am heading to a place called Lisdoonvarna for the next few days – has he heard of it and how do I pronounce it? He laughs. Of course he’s heard of it; it’s the matchmaking festival in rural Ireland that’s been going for centuries. And it’s Lis-doon-varna, with a very Irish-sounding r.

I am going to the LGBT version of that famous festival; called The Outing, it’s the only one of its kind and it’s extra special this year because in May 2015 Ireland became the first country in the world to vote for marriage equality.

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