POSTERS advertising a swingers nightclub have been described as “sleazy” and a “publicity stunt” by one of the organiser of the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival. Marcus White – who operates the Hydro, the Imperial and the Burren Castle hotels in Lisdoonvarna – has hit out at the posters, which appeared in the village last week. The posters advertise a Limerick venue called ‘i-kandie.ie’ and describes the club as “Ireland’s only real swingers’ club venue”. Mr White yesterday hit out the club – describing it as sleazy and not at all in line with the spirit of traditional matchmaking which takes place at the Lisdoonvarna festival. “This is a traditional festival with roots going back hundreds of year and we don’t want to be associated with anything sleazy like that [the swingers club]. No one is Lisdoonvarna would tolerate that,” he said “This is just a publicity stunt. Anything like that would tarnish the reputation of this festival. I can tell you for certain, no one up here would have anytime for the likes of that.” The posters advertised weekly swingers parties at the venue at Eastway Business Park, Crossagalla in Limerick. It is understood that the club, which has been in business for more than five years, attracts in excess of 30 people for its club night. The facilities is described as including a sauna, a tv lounge with movies and a reception area with an open fire where people can meet and chat. The club generally opens on a Saturday night, with couples arriving at 12 noon and festivities continuing until 5am. It is believed that the Limerick club deliberately targeted this year’s matchmaking festival in the hopes of drumming up some extra by enticing a portion of the traditional Lisdoonvarna crowd into partner swapping. The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival has been in operation for more than 150 year. The festival, which is overseen by local matchmaker Willie Daly, attracts thousands of people to North Clare each year.

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Andrew has been working in the media in the West of Ireland for more than a decade. During that time he has been shortlisted for many national journalism awards, served as a judge for the Choice Music Prize in 2008 and was part of the nominating panel for the Meteor Ireland Music Awards from 2008 to 2011. He holds an MA in Journalism and Public Relation and a BA in English, Sociology and Politics. He is currently working on his debut novel. A selection of his writings, including a number of new short stories can be viewed on Fighting Talk - http://fightingtalknow.blogspot.ie/ Follow Andrew on twitter: @Andrew_CPeople Contact Andrew on [email protected]

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