We spanned the globe to bring you a full year of celebratory happenings. Here is our can't-miss list of events, plus fabulous places to stay while you play.
County Clare’s official matchmaker plays cupid for thousands of singles in a festival that blends copious amounts of Irish music with dance, food, and drink. Located in the tiny coastal village of Lisdoonvarna, the month-long love-in was created as a means for local farmers to meet potential wives via formal match-making sessions or at nightly musical events. The festival now attracts singles (and lovers of Irish culture) from all around Europe and North America; matchmakerireland.com.
While you’re here: Take the 90-minute ferry over to the Aran Islands, and then head out to hear traditional Irish music in the water-front pubs of Doolin.
Where to stay: Perched beside the sea, Ballinalacken combines the ruins of a 15th-century castle and an 1840 manor house into a romantic hotel. Rates start at $89;