Following the last weekend in June, we received some enquiries about whether the event was open to gay participants, or was strictly straight. While our policy to begin with was to make it open to all, we recognised that the general assumption was that it was geared towards straight people and the turn out on the last three weekends seemed to reflect that. So, to even things up – and create clarity for everyone who attends – we’ve decided, going forwards, to dedicate September to gay and June to straight.
So, if you’re gay, free and single, we’d love you to make the trip across the bay and join us for a weekend of adventure and craic.The dates for your calendar are September 25th to 27th.
Clare Island was once well known for a more traditional style of singles weekend – a highly successful match-making festival that ran twice a year for 15 years. But our newer version – established in June of last year – has replaced match-making with adventure and has proven itself to be a popular format.
The weekend will appeal to those attracted to high (and medium) adrenalin-inducing outdoors activities. The idea is to bring like-minded people together and put you through a programme of activities that necessitate interaction and co-operation. After that, it’s up to yourselves – to connect with new buddies, BFF’s or possibly even soul mates.
Ensuing relationships are a bonus. The weekend is primarily about getting out there and having the craic with other people in the same boat as you. With three weekends now under our belt now, we’re very pleased with the response so far.
Departing Roonagh Pier on Friday evening, the group will be kept busy with lively interactions over the weekend. The evenings on the island will be choca-bloc with delicious meals, music, banter and other craic in the Sailor’s Bar & Restaurant.
A beach challenge on Saturday morning will start the day with lots of laughs. In the afternoon there’ll be a choice between coasteering (for the water babies), climbing & abseiling (for those with a head for heights) or hiking the stunning island that is famed for its magnificent views and its abundant flora and fauna.
You’ll be back on the mainland again by lunchtime on Sunday, allowing plenty of time to leisurely explore Louisburgh, Leenane or Westport and still be homeward bound by early evening.
Singles of all levels of experience (including none) are welcome for all activities. There are some basic requirements (such as being comfortable swimming in the sea if you opt for coasteering), but the instructors will ensure a fun and safe day out for all, even complete beginners. As long as you have a can-do spirit, you’ll be grand!
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