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March 17, 2015

To celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, the Trinity College Dublin student shares her love of her buzzing hometown

I've lived here since… I was born – I'm a true 'Dub'!

March 17, 2015

To celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, the Trinity College Dublin student shares her love of her buzzing hometown

I've lived here since… I was born – I'm a true 'Dub'!

March 13, 2015

The Scissor Sister on her life in travel – from romantic trips to Belize with her husband to performing at the Mercedes-Benz factory in Germany

What's been your best ever holiday?
The only holiday I've ever had with my husband where we were alone! We've been together for 12 years and we only holiday with friends it seems. But we did take one trip to Belize together, for 10 days, and it was magical. We're due another one!

What's been your worst ever holiday?

February 27, 2015

A teenage girl allegedly stubbed a cigarette out on a woman's face during the incident

A group of teenagers have been found guilty of assaulting a couple who were trying to defend their gay son. 

Following a hearing at Dublin Children's Court yesterday, three teenage girls – aged between 16 and 17 – were found guilty of 'committing a violent disorder'. 

After responding to a group of youths standing outside their home who were shouting homophobic abuse at their son, a woman claimed she was punched, kicked and had a ciggerette stubbed out on her face.

February 22, 2015

Shocking leaflets urge people to vote against gay marriage because gays are more likely to get cancer, be promiscuous and abuse children

Vile anti-gay leaflets being circulated in Dublin, Ireland are urging people to vote against gay marriage because gay people are ‘more likely to get cancer.’

Yesterday (21 February), images of anti-gay leaflets began to circulate on Twitter from people who were shocked they had been handed to them at an event.

February 16, 2015

The Gay and Lesbian Network (GLEN) say that its has had a promising response to its call out for submissions. It will announce Ireland’s first Workplace Equality Ranking in the autumn

Following the success of similar rankings in other countries, GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) have announced details of a survey to discover the best places to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality in Ireland.

The group announced the launch of the GLEN Workplace Equality Index last week with a press event in Dublin.

The organization’s Eimear O’Reilly, Programme Officer Workplace Diversity, told to GSN that GLEN had received interest from, ‘a range of leading public and private sector employers’, since the announcement.

January 30, 2015

'I would like equal rights for both my sons'

A powerful letter from a mother fighting for same-sex marriages rights for her gay son is going viral in Ireland.

Mary Knox O'Brien, writing from the small village Rathgar outside Dublin, has given a simple argument before May's referendum on the issue.

Published in the Irish Times, she said she would love to see both sons have equal rights under the law.

'Sir, - I also share a concern for "the children". I am especially concerned for my own children.

January 28, 2015

The classes were intended to create a more tolerant environment

A Dublin school has cancelled workshops to tackle homophobic bullying in order for 'both sides' of the issue to be represented.

Voluntary organization ShoutOut was booked to run four classes at the school Coláiste Eoin in Stillorgan, Co Dublin before Christmas.

On Tuesday (27 January), the day they were due to teach 80 students, they were told at 10.30am via email the workshop was cancelled.

January 22, 2015

'It was a 20-minute ceremony with no witnesses and it cost £4'

Dominic Hannigan has become the first member of the Irish parliament to enter into a gay marriage.

The Labour MP for Meath East yesterday (21 January) announced he wed his partner of more than two decades, Chris, in London on New Year’s Eve.

'It was a 20-minute ceremony with no witnesses and it cost £4 ($6, €5.20),' he told the Irish Star.

Gay marriage is not yet legal in Ireland but a referendum on the issue will be held in May.

January 10, 2015

During a TED Talk in Dublin, Irish drag queen tells the audience why she is jealous of the way straight people can hold hands so freely in public

‘I am 45 years old and I have never once held hands with a lover in public,’ announces Panti Bliss.

Irish drag queen Panti was speaking at a TED event in Dublin, Ireland. Her speech was entitled ‘All the little things’, and explores ‘the little, everyday things that can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of gay people.’

Panti looks at the subject of holding hands in public to discuss the way LGBTI people can feel about themselves and how society treats them.

January 9, 2015

Now that's something worth praising

A Dublin priest decided to risk everything by choosing to come out in front of his congregation in order to fight for same-sex marriage.

But it was worth taking, for he received a standing ovation from his parishioners.

Father Martin Dolan, a priest at Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Dublin's city center, led Mass last weekend by calling on his flock to support same-sex marriage in the upcoming Irish referendum.

'I'm gay myself,' he revealed.

December 18, 2014

The first lady of Irish drag Panti Bliss, also known as Rory O'Neil, on her life in travel – from camping with cowboys at the Grand Canyon to interrogation by a 'giant man-child' on the Mongolian border...

Do you typically take lots of luggage when you go away for all of your fabulous outfits?
Being a travelling drag queen means you are packing for two people and one of those people likes big hair, big dresses, big jewellery, shoes the size of boats, and enough makeup to warrant it's own pack mule. Thankfully a teenage addiction to Tetris has equipped me with excellent packing skills.

Have you ever experienced homophobia abroad?
Thankfully nothing very serious, but I've been called a faggot in a few different languages!

December 3, 2014

Enda Kenny, Ireland’s Taoiseach and leader of the Fine Gael party, reportedly visited Pantibar for a pre-Christmas drink with his party’s LGBT group

Ireland’s Taoiseach – the country's equivalent to a Prime Minister – has been photographed enjoying a drink in a gay bar.

The photo was taken and posted on social media by gay rights activist Rory O’Neill, better known by his drag name, Panti Bliss.

November 25, 2014

A Facebook message has gone viral in Ireland and abroad, proving there are still wonderful people in the world

A gay man wandered into a Dublin store, dressed in a wooly sweater and short shorts.

When the man, who only wants to be identified as Colm, was called an anti-gay slur by another customer, the cashier then reacted in the best way possible.

This is a story that has gone viral in Ireland and now abroad.

Drag queen Panti Bliss shared the story, which reads in full:

November 13, 2014

Make like Rihanna and reside at the jewel in Ireland's hotel crown

An oasis of light, calm and five-star style – The Merrion Hotel is undoubtedly Dublin's leading blockbuster stopover.

This 142-room colossus (which, from the outside, resembles an unassuming townhouse) is a favourite of Diamonds singer Rihanna when she's touring the Green Isle.

It's also played host to the likes of US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who stayed here during their visit to the country in 2011. Rock god Bruce Springsteen is also known to drop by.

November 13, 2014

Make like Rihanna and reside at the jewel in Ireland's hotel crown

An oasis of light, calm and five-star style – The Merrion Hotel is undoubtedly Dublin's leading blockbuster stopover.

This 142-room colossus (which, from the outside, resembles an unassuming townhouse) is a favourite of Diamonds singer Rihanna when she's touring the Green Isle.

It's also played host to the likes of US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who stayed here during their visit to the country in 2011. Rock god Bruce Springsteen is also known to drop by.

November 12, 2014

Aunty Ben, a show about a little girl and her drag queen uncle, is coming to London for a one-off performance at the Chelsea Theatre

Created by production company Super Paua, Aunty Ben is described as a LGBT-positive show for children aged 7+.

‘Nine-year old Tracey loves her Aunty Ben. It doesn’t matter to her that Aunty Ben is actually her uncle, or that he’s a drag queen, because in Tracey’s family dressing up is for everyone! But when Ben meets her school friends, Tracey is shocked to discover that other people’s families can be very different to her own.’

September 1, 2014

International musician and civil servant, a couple from Ireland, died off the western coast of Crete

A gay man has died in a desperate struggle to save his partner, who also lost his life off the coast of Crete.

John Lynch, 45, and Kevin Devine, 46, both drowned off the coast of the Greek island last Friday (29 August).

Violist Lynch, originally from Melbourne, Australia, had lived in Dublin for many years with his civil servant partner.

September 1, 2014

Australia’s Sydney Convicts gay rugby club has dominated the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby, winning the Bingham Cup after defeating the Brisbane Hustlers 31-0

The Sydney Convicts have dominated the competition at the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby, with the club’s A team winning the competition in a match against the Brisbane Hustlers with a score of 31 to 0, it’s B team reaching the semi-finals and its C team winning the Bingham Shield.

It was a stunning reversal for the Brisbane Hustlers considering that earlier this year they had beat the Convicts to win the Australian national cup of gay rugby the Purchas Cup.

August 27, 2014

A 26-year-old, who had been recovering from a serious assault, committed suicide in her home

A trans woman has hanged herself in Dublin, an inquest has heard.

Nikita Keane, 26, was found dead in her home in the Irish capital on 26 July last year.

During the inquest, her family demanded Keane be referred to her birthname and to use male pronouns. This is was in despite of her name had been changed by deed poll and she was in the process of transitioning.

March 26, 2014

RTE defends The Centre's trans character, who is described as 'King Kong in a thong', as being a positive LGBT role model

Several complaints have been made to RTÉ over an a ‘transphobic’ new sitcom airing in Ireland.

The Centre, which aired on Monday (24 March), features a trans woman who is part of the cast of characters living on a housing estate in Dublin.

Nuala Mooney, played by Gary Cooke, is described as a ‘40-year-old pre-op trannsexual who’s been living as a woman for the past three years.’

Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) has accused the sitcom of being a ‘throwback to the dark ages of television’.

March 18, 2014

Ger Brennan, captain of St. Vincent’s All Ireland club team, makes casual remark in speech at end of tournament

It was the end of a successful tournament for the All Ireland football club St. Vincent's when captain Ger Brennan made a very casual but powerful victory speech remark.

Holding a microphone and addressing a large crowd on Sunday (16 March), Brennan expressed his thanks to those who supported the team through its final victory over Mayo’s Castlebar Mitchels in Dublin's Croke Park.

February 24, 2014

'The Cosmo' podcast to be featured weekly with Gay Star News

RTÉ's radio show for the LGBT community, The Cosmo with Scott De Buitléir on RTÉ Pulse, is teaming up with global LGBTI news site, Gay Star News, to launch The Cosmo's new podcast for audiences in the United Kingdom, Ireland and further afield.

The new podcast of The Cosmo will feature LGBT news, interviews and discussion from the UK, Ireland and abroad, presented by Scott De Buitléir with regular updates from Gay Star News reporters. The podcast will be featured on GSN and various social media profiles every Friday, recorded from the RTÉ studios in Dublin.

February 10, 2014

After RTÈ's payout of a defamation settlement following a gay rights activists' speech on homophobia, Dr Martin said 'God never created anyone that he doesn't love'

The Archbishop of Dublin has said if you hate gay people, then you hate God.

Diarmuid Martin has reacted to two huge stories in the past month in Ireland; the controversy over drag queen Panti Bliss' comments on television and a politiican who revealed he was spat at and harrassed because of his sexuality.

'God never created anybody that he doesn't love,' the senior cleric said. 'Anybody who doesn't show love towards gay and lesbian people is insulting God.