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.
L-R Oilibhear O Bradaigh, Ruairí Ó Murchú, Conor Neary, Edel Corrigan & Eugene Garvey
Sinn Féin Councillors Edel Corrigan and Ruairí Ó Murchú have congratulated Dundalk Outcomers on yet another successful Pride weekend.
Cllr Edel Corrigan said “Each year I come to this event and each year I am amazed by the work that has gone into making it more inclusive. That was very evident today as I looked around at families just having a fun day out. There was everything from music and food to face painting. Something for everyone. I give them my continued support as they are very much an important part of the Dundalk landscape now and are vital in helping young people who may be struggling with their sexuality see that they are not alone and it is ok to be themselves. ”
Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú said “yesterday was Youth Pride and young LGBTQ people between the ages of 13 and 18 were encouraged to attend. Being here today, what has struck me is that I feel this is a safe place where young people can come without fear of judgement. That makes Outcomers a vital service in the Dundalk, North East area and I want to thank them all for making me and my colleagues feel welcome today. It was a very enjoyable event and I wish them continued success and my continued support.”
The 14th – 19th July 2014 marks this year’s Pride week in Dundalk which will see many events take place in and around the town. To help mark this important event in the LGBT calendar, Councillor Edel Corrigan put forward a motion at the Dundalk Municipal Council meeting this evening, to fly the Rainbow Flag above the Town Hall on those dates. The motion was passed.
Edel Corrigan said “I am so pleased this motion was passed. It may seem such a small thing but to the LGBT 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.”
Councillor Corrigan continued “this year’s theme is ‘family matters’ and as always, it promises to be a colourful, happy, fun filled week of events.”
For further information on what’s on during Dundalk Pride Week please go to www.dundalkpride.com