"Lios Dhuin Bharna" “meaning the lios” or “enclosure of the fort in the gap”.
Lisdoovarna is situated in the heart of the Burren region about twenty miles north west of Ennis. There is plenty of archaeological interest surrounding Lisdoonvarna with many ring forts dating back to the Iron Age and Christian era to be found in the area. However, Lisdoonvarna is best known for its Spa Centre and its festivals.
Lisdoonvarna developed into a tourist centre as early as the mid 18th century when a top Limerick surgeon discovered the beneficial effects of its mineral waters. People travelled from near and far to bathe in and drink the mineral waters which are rich in iron, sulphur, magnesium and calcium and were said to provide relief for certain diseases. The world-renowned Spa Wells Health Centre is the only spa in Ireland. As well as the healing sulphur and chalybeate springs, the Spa has a Victorian pump house, sauna, a massage room and mineral baths all in beautiful woodland surroundings. It was because of the popularity of these mineral springs and the huge amount of people coming here that led to the Lisdoonvarna "matchmaking tradition". The tradition is still celebrated with a festival throughout the month of September.