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‘Love Comes to Does Who Wonder’ World Famous Gay Music & Matchmaking Festival ‘The Outing’ returns to Lisdoonvarna 2 Day Festival Friday 6th & Saturday 7th October head line acts this year will be Eurovison Winner Niamh Kavanagh “In Your Eyes” & Paul Harrington “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kid” plus Father Ted Comedy slot with Patrick McDonnell ‘Fr Eoin McLove’ & Joe Rooney ‘Father Damo’ hosted by Ireland only open Gay Comedian Traveler Martin Beanz Warde also Lord of sStrut ‘Britain’s Got Talent performing live at The Outing to Ring Master of Love this year will be for Blind Date Paul Ryder hostess with the mostest plus Candy Warhol lots more….

Niamh Kavanagh returns to perform Live at The Outing after 5 years….

Niamh Kavanagh has been singing for most of her life. In all her guises within the music industry, Niamh is best known for her Eurovision successes, representing her country twice and winning for Ireland 1993. She has recorded many albums and collaborations, in particular lending her vocals to one of the best selling soundtrack albums of all time, ‘The Commitments’. She has appeared on many TV programmes and has toured all over the world.

For many years Niamh has had a brilliant run as the Evil Queen at the hilarious Tivoli Christmas Panto in Dublin. Niamh’s performance was described as a ‘show-stealer’ by one reviewer and it was well recognised that she ‘played a blinder’ in her acting debut. In 2015 Niamh starred in the highly successful Irish tour of Menopause the Musical, as part of a four woman cast. She also had to brush up her Irish language to work as a judge for Junior Eurovision on TG4. 2016 continued Niamh’s challenges with her participation in Celebrity Masterchef and a return appearance as a judge on Junior Eurovision.

Niamh continues to record and is always looking to the future. At present she has two recording projects in the pipeline, she is very excited about. She has performed live her whole career and is equally comfortable performing to small audiences and huge crowds.

Paul Harrington…Eurovision…

The winning song in the Eurovision competition was “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids“. The music and lyrics for the song were written by Brendan Graham. Harrington and McGettigan were the first group in Eurovision history to have been awarded more than 200 points (226), and their win was the third consecutive for Ireland, representing the first hat trick to have been achieved by any nation. Harrington returned to Eurovision in 1998, backing Dawn Martin when she performed “Is Always Over Now” at the contest in Birmingham. He was not named at the contest as one of the performers.

Ringmaster Paul Ryder host of The Outing ‘Blind Date’ with Eddie Mcguinness

Paul Ryder, is currently the host of The Ringmasters Drag Race 2017 has been a fixture on the entertainment scene for close to ten years.

With 6 years of hosting and producing ‘The Ringmasters Drag Race’ under his belt and a 7th on the way he is no stranger to the glamour of the stage. Ryder has been a performer with Dublin based drag troupe ‘DRAGGED UP’ for 5 years now which has seen him tour the UK and Ireland with his unique style of live performance. He is absolutely thrilled to be guest host for ‘The Outing’ 2017 and will just be off a whirlwind summer after hosting LGBT Pride events in Limerick, Galway, Dublin and Cork. 

Paul says: ‘I’m completely thrilled and honoured to be asked to be at Lisdoonvarna this year. The festival has gone from strength to strength, building up a fantastic brand and exciting weekend full of activities. Roll on October.’

Lord of sStrut ‘Britain’s Got Talent performing live at The Outing


Corks favorite spandex wearing lads are on the mission to change the world with dance!

Laughs come fast and hard as the boys leep around in less clothing than a naturalist at a bongo party and generally unleash a full dose of madness. No one does absurd dancing soap operas better than the LORDS OF STRUT!

Cian Kinsella and Cormac Mohally are the legend that is Lords of Strut, they mix character comedy with acrobatics, slapstick and all sorts of weird gags… to make for some pretty sexy comedy.


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Father Ted at The Outing with Patrick McDonnell in our Comedy Show on Friday 6th Oct….

Patrick McDonnell is an actor, writer and stand-up comedian who has been gracing our screens and stages for the last fifteen years. Although better known as a comic actor on shows such as Father Ted, Stew, Naked Camera and the Savage Eye, he has also made a name for himself as an accomplished comedy writer having written for a variety of radio and television shows here in Ireland and in the UK. He has contributed to the BBC Radio 4 sketch show, The O’Show and the Radio Ulster show, Nutt’s Corner, which he also script edited. He has written for a variety of shows on RTE, including the Cathal Murray show on radio, RiRa on TG4, Don’t Feed the Gondolas and @last TV on RTE. His best known works as a writer, however, are undoubtedly two of the most popular and critically acclaimed Irish comedy shows in recent years, Naked Camera and The Savage Eye. He is currently hard at work writing for a new Channel 4 show which is due for broadcast in the Autumn.

“He is the business”, The Sunday Times.

Joe Rooney ‘Father Damo from Father Ted’ live at The Outing…

I am Father Damo. Yes I know that’s what most people know me as and when they book me as a comedian they are booking Father Damo too. About twenty years ago I played the part of Father Damo in Father Ted. Father Damo was to Father Dougal the kind of bad influence you try to keep your son or daughter away from but they will inevitably gravitate towards. Father Damo wore an earring, smoked and stole and told his superiors they were, “not the boss of me”. I was on the Father Ted set in County Clare for about three days and spent five days in London rehearsing and one evening shooting in front of a live audience. Little did I know that twenty years later Father Ted is still the biggest influence on my professional life. At least five times a day I will get people coming up to me saying, “Who do you prefer, Oasis or Blur?” I don’t even think about it anymore. When people want to hire or book a comedian for a corporate event or party they book through the website and the first thing they ask is, “can we book the comedian that played Father Damo?”

Martin Beanz Warde Hosts Our Comedy Show at The Outing….

‘Martin Beanz Warde is Ireland and the UK’s only stand up comedian from the Traveller community.
He started his career onstage while a participant on Des Bishops joy in da hood series for RTE. Since then Beanz has gone on to deliver his unique brand of humour across Ireland with performances at Vicar street,The cork Opera house and numerous theatres across the land. Martin has appeared on Tv3,RTE and Sky TV. Come check Beanz out and hear his stories of growing up as a Gay Traveller man in a community often at odds between diamante dresses and boxing gloves. Martin will have you laughing out of your seats as he interacts with the audience with his cheeky chappy manner. Beanz has hosted events for Galway Pride in 2016 and 2017 and also Mayo’s first ever pride festival. This year Beanz hopes to use his community’s traditionally used skill of matchmaking with a very specific and fabulously LGBT+ slant. Think matchmaking,think a car auction, then mix the two together and boom, you’re hitched.
“A rising star,no doubt” – Morning Ireland “You should be making your own documentaries”- Ryan Tubridy, The late Late show “You’re just not funny, and for that reason, I’m out” – Beanz’s Mother

Candy Warhol live in full colour at The Outing….

”Hailed as the ‘Big New Star Of Drag’,by The Irish Examiner, Candy Warhol is Ireland’s princess and descendant to international drag royalty Danny La Rue.
Crashing onto the scene in 2011 as a finalist in the Alternative Miss Ireland, Candy has had residency at The George and PantiBar with Panti Bliss.
For the last three years Candy has become an annual host and performer at large festivals such as Dublin LGBT+ Pride,  Electric Picnic,Longitude and Knockan Stockan as well as hosting and performing around London and Paris with Sink The Pink,Jodie Harsh and Sophie Ellis Bextor to name a few.
‘Candy Warhol is one to watch’ – After Nyne Magaine. ”

                                             EDDIE KAY

“At school they said my obsession for music may have a detrimental
 effect on my future. Well you can’t always believe what people say”

Eddie Kay is a stalwart on the Irish dance music scene and has been playing records and keeping people dancing since 1996. Over his 20 year career as a DJ he has played alongside a plethora of international talent, including the likes of Hercules & Love Affair, Solomon, Roisin Murphy, Crazy P, Frankie Knuckles, The 2 Bears, Dimitry from Paris, Bicep, Horse Meat Disco and Scissor Sisters to name but a few!

Eddie has played extensively throughout Ireland and abroad, with long running residencies in some well known clubs and festival stages including – Casa Bacardi @ Electric Picnic – Metropolis, RDS Ireland – Crack Bellmer, Berlin – The Dean, Dublin – Absolute Stage, My House and Reckless in Love stage @ Body & Soul Festival – Indiependance music and arts festival – Paloma Bar, Berlin – Interlude Music & Arts Festival, Dublin – Sea Sessions Music & Surf festival – Liquor Rooms, Dublin – Mega Otso Weekender, Helsinki – The Kitchen, Dublin – Bar M & Manumission, Ibiza – Club Lekker, Estonia – The Eagle in London, Manchester and Amsterdam – Electric Garden and Theater, Galway – Pygmalion, Dublin – Bar Savanah, Ibiza – Club Hercules, Helsinki and is also a regular guest at two of Irelands most acclaimed gay nights, Sweatbox and MOTHER, both held in Ireland’s capital city of Dublin. One of Eddie’s longest running residencies was held for over 3 years at legendary music venue Sir Henry’s.

Eddie has also had featured mixes on national stations 2FM and Today FM and regular compiles charts for numerous online music stations such as Ministry of Sound Radio.

Willie Daly

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker

Fourth-generation Matchmaker, Willie Daly, has the gift that made Lisdoonvarna famous for over 150 years as the place to find love. Willie’s was ready last year to add some LGBT couples to his famously enormous book of matched names and he did it with Panti by his side. Willie will be on-hand all weekend for you to meet and chat with.

“Matchmaking has always been about love”

As renowned for its magic touch restarting the “honeymoon period” for existing couples, as it is for assuring the bright future of new ones, Willie’s book is waiting for your name!

Willie Daly will be matchmaking in The Outing Lisdoonvarna on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so why not sit down and have a chat with Willie and see can he help you find love.

Alice Rabbit Live at The Outing LGBT Music & Matchmaking Festival Ireland
“Edinburgh’s Queen of Queens, Alice Rabbit is one of Scotland’s most in demand drag act’s.She has been running her hit show,’The Rabbit Hole’ every Tuesday in CC Blooms for two years now. Recently,she opened for Rupaul’s Drag Race Alumni in the ‘Fishy Queens Tour’ with Klub Kids UK at the 02 in Glasgow and has been making appearences in various show’s in Manchester such as Cha Cha Boudoir and Charli’s. Alice describes herself as Monstrously Sexy and a Mother of 3.

Violet Grace at The Outing

Violet is Scotland’s drag princess and has been going from strength to strength this year having opened for many of the Rupaul’s Drag Race girls across Scotland and was recently featured in Attitude Magazine. She is also a regular at CC Bloom’s,Infinity,Espionage in Edinburgh and AXM in Glasgow.

An RÍl DÍl

The band’s name is An Ríl Díl which translates as The Reel Deal and is pronounced Unreal Deal.
The band members currently are Peadar Reilly (Flute and various whistles), Tara Howley (Concertina, Uillean Pipes, Fiddle, Harmonica, Vocals etc), Paul Stafford (Guitar and Vocals). The missing member is Tara’s sister Sharon who is busy with her own musical career these days.

An Ril Dil @ Fitzpatricks Bar – Doolin

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Darren Roddy

Unemployed Busker trying to not be a busker.

One man and a guitar, covering a wide array of songs from The Beatles to Sia. He has been gigging for over decade and has supported many musicians including Mundy, Kiera Dignam, and The Flaws. He feels weird writing his own bio in the third person.

Gar Cox

Carlow man Gar Cox has charmed audiences all over Ireland and Europe with his songs.  Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always warm and inclusive, Gar’s songs come from the folkie side of life, with a little disco and a twisted tail-feather shaken in.  Last spring, he released his E.P. “Support Your Local Bookshop”.  Critics loved it (“Beguiling […] Top-notch tunes” – Hot Press; “Brilliantly mixes humour, pathos and reflections of queer life” – GCN), and Gar took it on the road for a very special tour of Ireland’s independent bookshops, bringing the songs to the people and places they were inspired by.

Gar made his Lisdoonvarna debut at The Outing last year, where the special atmosphere and high spirits made for one of his all-time favourite shows.  He’s delighted to be coming back in 2015 to share new tunes and new stories, and he promises singalongs, sparkly good humour and maybe even a few misty eyed moments for everybody.

Sparkle Live at The Outing

Sparkle are a two piece acoustic cover band based in Cork formed of Caroline Bailey on vocals and Jen Bowler on guitar and vocals.
Formed in Jan 2017 the group have been growing their fan base online with their weekly ‘Couch Covers’ and through live gigs.
They have had a write up in the Daily Irish Mirror and they have performed live on Cork 96fm.
Keep an eye on this group , the future is bright…

Dj Ruth on The Desks at The Outing

“DJ Ruth found her passion for DJing in a little local pub in her home town of Lucan, nearly 20 years ago. Not long after she found her true home, musically and socially, on the gay scene. She quickly became a well known and very well liked part of the scene she loved. Over the years she has held long residencies in Dragon, Prhomo, Spice, Dragged Up & Glitz to name but a few.

She has also guested on many other nights around Dublin including the George,  Club Tease, Profile & Kiss.

She also proudly played at Milk, Irelands first gay music festival, to a roaring success. 

For many years she has played the Dublin Pride official parties, this year playing on the main stage in Smithfield to 8 thousand people. (Having 8,000 people do the YMCA was a particular highlight!)

Traveling around Ireland is not unusual to Ruth, where she has played regular gigs in Limerick, Cork and Galway. 

Happy to play camp pop to kicking house. Ruth knows how to bring the party!”

Chris MM Gordon

Chris usually goes on after the disco.

His self confession is that he doesn’t know all that many chords. But with the chords that he does know, he’s likely to keep you entertained.

This is the third year that he brings his guitar and voice to Clare, keeping the show on the road until dawn breaks.

Chris has MC’d events at home and abroad, bringing his unique talent to Lisdoonvarna playing the acts that don’t appear on the schedule. You can usually check Chris out, after everyone else has gone home.