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Limerick Pride 2022 press launch – Pictured above at the Limerick Pride 2022 press launch at the Hunt Museum are Jim Lawless, Limerick Pride Grand Marshall 2022 Sharon Slater, Lisa Daly, Chairperson Limerick Pride, Richard Lynch, PRO Limerick Pride, Myles Breen, Adam Long, LGBT Federation (back) with Miss Bliis and Lorcan Mc Auliffe (front). Picture: Dolf Patijn/ilovelimerick.

The countdown to Limerick LGBTQ Pride Festival 2022 officially began

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Jim Lawless, Adam Long, LGBT Federation, Limerick Pride Grand Marshall 2022 Sharon Slater, Lisa Daly, Chairperson Limerick Pride, Richard Lynch, PRO Limerick Pride and Miss Bliss (back), Lorcan Mc Auliffe, Myles Breen and Nigel Dugdale (front). Picture: Dolf Patijn/ilovelimerick.

The countdown to Limerick LGBTQ Pride Festival 2022 officially began with the Limerick Pride 2022 press launch at the Hunt Museum in Limerick City on Wednesday, June 1.

At the Limerick Pride 2022 press launch Lisa Daly, Chairperson Limerick LGBTQ Pride 2022 said, “We are thrilled to be back and able to offer a fantastic line up for Limerick LGBTQ Pride Festival 2022, running from Monday, July 4 until Sunday, July 10 with the Parade on Saturday, July 9. 

There is something for everyone culminating in the annual Pride Parade on Saturday, July 9 and the PrideFest party directly after the Parade at the Hunt Museum. We want to welcome everyone to join us in celebrating LGBTQ culture in Limerick and show Limerick for the truly open and accepting city that she is. Our theme this year is ‘Pride is Culture’ to shed light on the joy and resilience of artists and cultural creators within the LGBTQIA+ community.”

Richard Lynch, PRO Limerick Pride said, “LGBTQ people have always contributed to underground and mainstream culture that still influences our lives today.

Our community has contributed so much to world culture and we have used our art to fight oppression in all its shapes and forms in our quest for liberation for all LQBTQ people all over the world.”

The Pride committee is delighted to announce this year’s Grand Marshall is historian and author Sharon Slater. Sharon has been researching Limerick’s for the past twenty years. She is the author of multiple publications, most  recently 100 Women of Limerick. She has received the National Heritage Hero Award and a Mayoral Reception for her promotion of Limerick’s history. She is currently the Historian-in-Residence at Ormston House.

Sharon commented on this year’s Pride theme saying, “So many great changes in society have come from the marginalised rising up. The LGBTQ+ community expressed their identity through art and culture long before it was socially acceptable to do so.

When asked to be the Grand Marshal I was overwhelmed with emotions. As a gay woman and researcher of history I have seen the many failures in the past towards members of the LGBTQ+ community. It was only a few short years ago when my wife and I could legally marry in this country, which we did in 2016, we have seen so much progress but still have a way to go for equality. It is an honour to stand tall as the Grand Marshall this year as in doing so I might help others who are still not ready to step out of the closet.”

Limerick Pride LGBTQ Festival 2022 will be taking place starting from Monday, July 4 until Sunday, July 10 with the Parade on Saturday, July 9 and will feature a multitude of events from workshops, support meetings and discussions to evenings of music and club nights, to cater to the Pride needs of everyone. Lisa Daly, Chairperson Pride added, “All events for 2022 reflect the breadth and depth of our LGBTQIA+ community. From the iconic nature of our Pride March to our newer events, we’ve created events with our entire community in mind.” 

On Monday, July 4,  A Culture of Pride, the official launch of Limerick Pride 2022 will be held at Ormston House from 6pm to 8pm with a wine reception, an address by Adam Long of the National LGBT Federation, a performance by renowned Limerick movement artist Mark Carberry aka ‘mmmmmmmmmmmmove’, and a talk on film and theatre actress Alice O’Day by our 2022 Grand Marshall Sharon Slater. Alice O’Day who was born in 1882 in Kilfinane, County Limerick and acted on stage and screen before her death in 1937 aged 55 years old.

Also on Monday, July 4, Dragaoke takes place from 9pm at McGettigans featuring a night of karaoke and drag performances in honour of Leo Shine, hosted by Elise Cox and Darren Shine with proceeds raised going to Irish Cancer Society.

On Tuesday, July 5, ‘Kaleidoscope’, an exhibition featuring a diverse collection of artists curated by Moya Ni Cheallaigh, will be launched by Myles Breen at 6pm at the Hunt Museum. This exhibition celebrates the work of both artists from our LGBT+ community in Limerick and also artists inspired by issues relating to that community, ranging from thought-provoking  political or personal responses to simply joyful, colourful pieces celebrating what diversity and ‘Pride’ brings to our lives. The exhibition will run at the Hunt Museum until Sunday, July 17.

Also on Tuesday, July 5, Pride Self Defence, is a free event with Munster Martial Arts in association with Stop the Bully Ireland taking place at Delta Sports Dome from  8.15pm. Registration essential.

On Wednesday, July 6, Marsha P Johnson Pride takes place at the Belltable, in honour of the 30th anniversary of beloved LGBTQ Stonewall activist Marsha P Johnson’s death starting with Print with Pride with Limerick Printmakers from 4.30pm to 6pm. This a free event where you can bring along your t-shirts, jumpers, tote bags, or simply use some of the paper at the event, to create your own custom Limerick Pride Silk Screen art piece alongside images of Marsha P Johnson.

Also on Wednesday, July 6, Pride Documentary Night in honour of the 30th Anniversary of Marsha P. Johnson’s death takes place at the Belltable from 6pm. This free event features films byLimerick Youth Theatre (LYT) members who have worked with award winning actor, writer and director, Myles Breen on devised comic short films. 

Young award winning filmmaker Shane Joyce will screen his new Limerick based LGBTQ documentary followed by a screening of ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’.

On Thursday, July 7, The Morning After The Life Before by Ann Blake takes place at 8pm at Dolans WarehouseGúna Nua presents the internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning play for one night only. The show is a personal, entertaining tale of weddings, ‘coming out’ and arguments over who takes out the bins. Tickets from Dolans.ie.

Also on Thursday, July 7, ‘Mockie Ah’ takes place at Amber Nightclub at 9pm, featuring Ireland’s biggest Drag Haus and queer collective. A tour-de-force of camp, comedy, absolute bangers, and sparkling sequins. Mockie Ah is a celebration of all things camp, queer, nostalgic and oh so very Irish. It is a safe space where everyone is welcomed, loved, embraced, and covered in glitter!

On Friday, July 8, Limerick Pride Youth Party takes place at Lava Javas Youth Cafe, Lower Glentworth Street from 5-8pm. Presented by Limerick Youth Service, young people (14-19yrs) from Limerick and beyond are invited to enjoy music and meet new people at this free event. The team will also be preparing for Limerick’s Pride Parade which takes place the following day.

Also on Friday, July 8, ‘T’was the night before Pride’, a free entry traditional pre-pride party with street performers, guest DJ’s and camp classics will take place at Mickey Martins from 1pm.

Also Friday, July 8, Southill Pride Family will take place at the Southill Hub from 4.30 to 6.30 pm. This family day will offer activities, fun things to do and a BBQ. It is open to young people, parents, and community members.

On Saturday, July 9, the Limerick Pride Parade, will bring some extra colour and music to Limerick City Centre, gathering at Pery Square from 12.20pm for floats, with groups gathering from 12.50pm. The Parade will leave strictly at 2pm, the Parade will make its way across Mallow Street to Henry Street, past Arthurs Quay Park, ending at the Hunt Museum.

PrideFest 2022 at the Hunt Museum is a showcase of local LGBT culture in a lavish marquee in the museum gardens from 3pm – 6pm. This is a free family-friendly event with a free bouncing castle for kids, cone van, cafe and bar on site, live music and plenty of entertainment including the Annual tea Dance with Myles Breen.

Also on Saturday, July 9, Limerick Pride Climax Party Ft. Courtney Act takes place at Dolans Warehouse from 8.30pm with International drag artist Courtney Act headlining a stellar line up including ‘Dragged Up’ with Paul Ryder, Regina George and Pixie hosted by Victoria Secret, Burlesque artist Miss LaVelle and Eurovision and pop chart topper Sarah McTernan. With three floors of music including ‘Saved by the 90s’ upstairs, Alter Ego with DJ Olivia Chau in the Kasbah Club and a DJ set from Spin South West in the warehouse. Limited VIP Courtney Act meet and greet tickets available at Dolans.ie.

On Sunday, July 10, Dragged to Brunch from 1pm takes place at House Limerick with the drag queens of Mockie Ah!, Candy Warhol, Dakota Mode and Ellie Uminate hosting a series of Drag Shows, Bingo, games and plenty of disco at House Limerick. Booking essential!

This year’s Pride will have an educational aspect. Support meetings will be held during the week for youth, adult and trans groups. GOSHH, 18 Davis Street will provide Rapid HIV testing at different points in the week. Call GOSHH at 061 314354 or email [email protected] for more information. 

The ‘Irish Names Quilt’ Exhibition at Limerick City Gallery of Art takes place July 4 -17. GOSHH invites all members of the LGBTI+ community, their family, friends, allies, and people with an interest in culture and history to visit the exhibition. The Irish Names Project was created in honour and remembrance of those who died in Ireland from AIDS and HIV-related illnesses.

For more information visit LimerickPride.ie and used the hashtag #PrideisCultureLimerick

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Pictures: Dolf Patijn/ilovelimerick

Pictures: Kris Luszczki/ilovelimerick

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 ilovelimerick.com 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.

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