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The ninth iteration of The Outing Festival, the premier LGBTQ+ festival in all Ireland, is back with renewed energy, bigger and better than ever before and ready to welcome you on the weekend of the 11th – 13th February 2022.

Hosted by RingMaster of Love, Paul Ryder, and the Queen of Matchmaking, Eddie McGuinness, the fast-growing offshoot of the historical matchmaking festival in Lisdoonvarna will take place among the breathtakingly beautiful 425 acre grounds of Dromoland Castle at The Inn at Dromoland, Co. Clare.

A guaranteed craic-filled weekend away on Ireland’s stunning west coast.

As in previous years, people will be travelling from all over the world to the festival to enjoy pop-up clubs, drag performances, comedy, live music, arts, literary and film festivals and interactive events in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.


Of course, matchmaking plays a huge part of the festival but The Outing Festival also acts as a no-holds-barred celebration of the LGBT community; so whether you’re single or taken, gay, lesbian, trans, straight, bi or queer, everyone is welcome. You never know, you might end up joining to happy band of festival goers from previous years, many of whom met the loves of their lives at the festival and some of whom even got married. Yes folks, love is most certainly in the Co. Clare air!

Chad Boulton, who has previously visited the festival from his home in America said,  “We came all the way over from the USA and had an awesome time. Who knew there were so many hot Irish people….BOOM!”

“WOW! Great Craic. Amazing to be part of something from the start. I could have sung all night long! The crowd were up for more. Thank you,” commented Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh after her performance at the festival and she is returning in 2022 for even bigger show.

Panti Bliss.

With Irish and International acts, LGBT+ singer-songwriters to pop-up clubs, drag performances, comedy, live music, Queer Crafts,Film & Arts Festival, and interactive events, it’s a guaranteed craic-filled weekend away on Ireland’s stunning west coast.

We’ll leave the final word to the Queen of Ireland, the fabulous Panti Bliss: “An LGBT weekend away like no other. I’m only just recovering from my last visit and craic!”

The Outing Festival on Valentines Weekend 11th-13th February 2022

Weekend Hotel Packages.

Choose from a selection of different room options at The Outing Festival, The Inn at Dromoland Hotel.

Triple, double, twin and single rooms available with with Festival Hotel Packages from €199 per person including:

Room, Full Irish Breakfast (each morning),

Full Weekend Entertainment Tickets.

Extras: Gym, Swimming Pool plus Guided Hike.

For entertainment tickets only, click here.

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