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Pride for Limerick as Lisa Daly, Festival Director of Limerick Pride nominated for GALAS Award



GALAS Award nomination for Limerick Pride’s Lisa Daly, Festival Director along with five other shortlisted nominees

A total of six GALAS Award nominations for Limerick for this year’s event taking place on October 7

GALAS Award nomination for Limerick Pride's Lisa Daly, Festival Director along with five other shortlisted nominees
Congrats to Sarsfield Rugby Club, on their well deserved GALAS Award nominations, pictured above at Limerick Pride. Picture: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick

The stage is set for a return of The GALAS, with a particular interest for the people of Limerick to share their pride as the Treaty City has received six shortlist nominations in this year’s event taking place on October 7.

The 2023 GALAS, Ireland’s Awards celebrating and honouring the achievements of LGBTQ+ people, allies and organisations, acknowledge the contribution of individuals, companies and organisations and their work to make Ireland, and the world, a better place for the LGBTQ+ community.

Limerick Pride Festival Director, Lisa Daly has received a shortlist nomination for Volunteer of the Year, alongside Elysha Folan of Sarsfield Rugby Club. Sarsfield Rugby Club got two other nominations including for Gearoid Folan of Sarsfield Rugby Club for LGBTQ+ Young Trailblazer and Sarsfield Rugby Club for the Sports Award saying on Twitter, “We’ve been shortlisted! Thank you to everyone who nominated us and supported us. We look forward to celebrating with everyone @TheGalas.”




Other Limerick nominations included Dyke Nite Limerick for Event of the Year and Rights Activist and Writer Dr El Reid Buckley for Person of the Year! Dr. El Reid Buckley recently graduated with a doctorate in sociology at the University of Limerick and commented on Twitter saying, “Cats out of the bag – delighted to be nominated for LGBTQ+ Person of the Year.”

All the nominees nominations are a testament to their hard work and dedication all-year-round, which often goes unseen.

Nominations come following Limerick’s biggest pride festival to date which saw thousands of people take to the city streets for the Limerick Pride Parade which capped off a week of amazing events.

Taking to Instagram, Limerick Pride expressed the group’s happiness saying, “Wow! Thank you all who nominated our Festival Director, Lisa Daly for the Volunteer of the Year award.”

Speaking about the honour, Lisa Daly, said, “It’s an honour to be nominated, but especially to be nominated alongside other Limerick people who are also being recognised for their hard work. Every one of the nominees works hard in the fight for visibility and to protect the rights of the LGBTQAI+ community.”

The GALAS was established by the National LGBT Federation (NXF) in 2009 and since then has gone on to recognise over 116 individuals, companies & organisations for their outstanding work and contribution.

The GALAS will return for the first time since the pandemic on Saturday, October 7, in the Round Room at the Mansion House in Dublin, hosted by The Queen of Ireland Panti Bliss alongside Mother Co-Founder and former GCN Managing Editor Lisa Connell.

This year, the awards want to acknowledge the contribution of individuals, companies and organisations and their work over the past 2 years to make Ireland, and the world, a better place for our LGBTQ+ community.

Organised by the National LGBT Federation (NXF) in partnership with GCN, the GALAS is renowned as Ireland’s only LGBTQ+ awards programme. This year’s ceremony will see a total of 13 awards given out for a number of different achievements within Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community, including ‘Outstanding Company’, ‘Ally of the Year’ and ‘Event of the Year’.

Congrats to all the Limerick nominees who are doing Limerick proud!

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.