Cllr Joanna Byrne: Pride Flag Flying in Drogheda

Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne has said that the Pride Flag will fly over the civic offices on Fair Street from Thursday 9th – Sun 12th August covering the whole period of Drogheda’s third Pride Festival.

Cllr Byrne will, for the second year running, officially open the festivities on Friday 10th August in Millmount at 12pm. This is the official launch of the weekend’s events and the ceremony will include a raising of the Pride Flag there also.

Cllr Byrne said “This is the third year of Pride in Drogheda and each year it gets bigger and better. I am delighted to have been part of it every year as have my party colleagues and I am extremely honoured to have been asked to once again officially open this festival. To watch the LGBTQ group in Drogheda grow as much as they have over the years, in both numbers and confidence, I couldn’t be more proud. As an Irish

Cllr Joanna Byrne Opens Pride Week in 2017

Republican, equality is at the core of all that I represent. I genuinely believe that all citizens must enjoy full equality of rights and opportunities under law and indeed everyday life, regardless of their background, sexual orientation or gender. Nothing less can be tolerated in a modern, progressive and inclusive society. Drogheda leads the way in this regard giving tremendous respect and support to our local LGBTQ community and their events. Pride weekend is a fantastic fun-filled weekend of equality, diversity and tolerance as well as raising awareness of many important issues and I would encourage everyone to attend as many of the events as you can.”

The festival opens on Friday 10th August at 12 noon in Millmount followed by a family fun event in The Barbican at 2.30. Saturday will see a Pride Breakfast event in Stockwell Artisan Foods at 9am, Samba – Pride Style at St.Peter’s Church at 12pm and the main event is that evening in McHugh’s Bar at 8pm. Full details are available on all social media sites of Drogheda LQBTQ.

 

Cllr Flood Pride at Rainbow Flag

Kenneth FloodCouncillor Kenneth Flood has welcomed the decision from Drogheda municipal council to have the rainbow flag fly over the council building in celebration of the town’s very first Pride Festival.

The Sinn Féin councillor said “I requested the flying of the rainbow flag and the Council agreed. I am so pleased. It may seem such a small thing but to the LGBTQ community it can mean so much. It shows that they are an important part of our community and they are accepted and wanted and appreciated and have an important part to play within the community.”

The festival opens on 12th August at 12 noon in Drogheda Town Centre Shopping Centre with ‘family fun’ in Rockin’ Joes Diner at 1pm.

At 7pm there is a welcome party at Odd Mollies

On Saturday 13th August at 9am there is breakfast at Stockwell Artisan Café with more family fun in the Barbican Centre at 1pm

At 3pm there will be entertainment in McHugh’s which will continue until late.

On Sunday 14th there will be a BBQ at Odd Mollies.

Full details are on Drogheda.ie

Cllr Flood said “I hope everyone will join in the festivities and this is the first year of many which promises to be a colourful, happy and inclusive weekend of fun for all.”