Bród na Gaeltachta- Donegal Gaeltacht Pride Festival
The LGBTQ+ Event of the Year Award was awarded to Bród na Gaeltachta, returning to the category for their second time running.
Gaelgeoirí from all over Ireland got to congregate in the scenic Cloch Cheann Fhaola in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht. The five-day festival featured an array of exciting events including trad music sessions, poetry readings, hikes, and Irish language classes. The event gave the LGBTQ+ community a unique opportunity to be able to express themselves through our native language.
Queer Visibility in Football- Bohemian FC
The Dublin-based Bohemian Football Club is always aiming to achieve diversity within its members and organisers. In June of this year, the club were proud to present their panel discussion, Queer Visibility in Football, held in the Project Arts Centre. Among the attendees were RTÉ presenter Colm Ó’Mongáin, Ken Early from the Irish Times and Cecelia Gavigan from INTO. Among the issues highlighted in the discussion were improving representation of queer identities, particularly in the men’s games.
Sick Pride Picnic- Chronic Collective
The Chronic Collective are a multidisciplinary cooperative focusing on performance and accessibility. Their shortlisted event, Sick Pride Picnic, was a Pride celebration for sick and disabled people and their pals organised at the Hollow in Phoenix Park. They provided drinks, snacks and masks to those who needed them on the day, and it was enjoyed by all involved.
Dyke Nite Limerick
Dyke Nite is an alternative queer event for “gender benders wanting fun” in the Treaty City. Run by Neev Kennedy, Dr El Reid-Buckley and DJ Egg, the organisers packed out the Record Room in the Commercial Bar at their last event in September. The crowd enjoyed performances from the likes of Frida Nip, Culchie Goth, JJ Balls and Nixel Dix throughout the night. The group are providing a vitally necessary queer space in a city with no dedicated LGBTQ+ venue.