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Limerick Pride Promo Video & Photos 2013





The 2013 Limerick LGBTQ Pride festival runs from August 30th to September 8th. The 2013 Pink Pride Parade takes place on Saturday September 7th. Below is a Pride promo video promoting the festival:

The ethos of the Limerick LGBTQ Pride festival is to promote;





The annual Limerick LGBTQ Pride festival is on its way with TEN days of ACTION for Equality, Love, Diversity and Celebration from August 30 to September 8. This year the festival is highlighting the Marriage Equality campaign and is urging LGBTQ people, their families, friends and supporters to wear pink to the parade on September 7. Limerick hopes to get the #PINKPARADE trending on twitter and to create national headlines as we unite to send a clear message of support for the freedom to love to the Government as they return to the Dail after the Summer break. As we go to press we are spurred into action to stand up against the encroaching homophobia in Russia and the global need for unity within the LGBTQ Pride movement and to say with a clear voice that there is no place for hate in Ireland. Limerick city is an accepting and open place with a wealth of amenities, but none so vital as its people. As a city we are united in our ability to come together for the greater good. More importantly we know how to throw a party!

Limerick Pride is a volunteer led, not for profit collective, working to promote positive visibility of LGBTQ people and their community in Limerick. Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual Queer PRIDE is a global movement that celebrates Gay culture and history by creating an annual carnival atmosphere of events that revolve around a festival Parade. People are encouraged to be visible and express themselves to the wider community. Limerick Pride has been developing yearly since its beginnings in the early 2000’s. Each year the festival grows in scope attracting larger crowds to the city and various events.

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PHOTOS BY DOLF PATIJN FOR ILOVELIMERICK.COM 2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. STANDARD DISCLAIMER – Sharing of images online by in no way licences the use of said images without the express Agreement from


From Friday August 30th – Sun September 8th and with ten days of events the annual Limerick Pride festival has something for everyone and every age group. 


The highlight is of course the Parade which is set to bring hundreds to the city centre on September 7th. The #PINKPARADE is on course for becoming the biggest and most flamboyant yet! This is the last Parade of the Gay Pride season in Ireland and Limerick LGBTQ Pride is encouraging people to wear PINK to show support for MARRIAGE EQUALITY and an end to Homophobia. Expect full on colour, dance, music, street performance, theatrics and even a marching band! The Parade shall be led by our Grand Marshall, the very first Alternative Miss Limerick, Miss Lilette Shannon Banks!


Pride kicks off on Friday August 30th with the PRIDE Launch Party at The Parlour on Thomas Street from 8pm. Hosted by Madonna Lucia, and featuring the amazing DJ and dance troupe ‘Audio Angels’ who are putting on a spectacular show with fire breathing, dancing and complimentary cocktails to get everyone geared up for the festival. The Parlour shall be illuminated in Pink light to embrace this year’s theme for the #PINKPARADE for equality.


On the opening weekend of Pride there is a Pride Picnic taking place in the People’s Park with a dog show and all monies raised go to LAW. There are numerous events including the charity ‘Abseil’ of Thomond Park with monies raised going to ‘Belong To’, Marriage Equality and ‘Self Help for Africa’. On Sunday there is an interfaith Prayer Service in St.Marys Cathederal with music provided by Unity Gospel Choir Limerick, a drumming workshop in the Hunt Museum garden, and a very special performance of ‘BRB – The Play’ at the Parlour.


‘BRB’ has gained accolades both for its sterling cast and smash-hit run at the James Joyce Centre as part of the 10th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. “We’ve had tears from audiences in Dublin and Dungarvan. Not one performance has passed without at least one audience member telling us that they’ve been through what our characters went through; We need to open this dialogue and invite everyone in, and take away the embarrassment and awkwardness associated with talking about mental health,” says BRB Producer Kirsten Stoddard. Limerick Pride is delighted to partner with Pieta House and help raise awareness of mental health issues over the duration of the Pride festival and to encourage LGBTQ people to look out for one another. On Parade Day there will be a ‘Pride Grotto’ where you can get your picture taken with Drag Queens, Mr.Bear Ireland and many more and all monies raised go to Pieta House.


The Hunt Museum has a jam packed schedule of fun activities for Pride including Art from the Heart family workshop on Parade day where you can join a guest artist for a fun-filled afternoon making hearts with a twist and Community Love Flags. As part of the Hunt Museum 2013 Gathering programme, Dr John Logan will be speaking on researching family history and uncovering unusual family secrets at the Skeletons in the closet event on Friday September 6th at 1pmThis is an absolute must for genealogy buffs and may uncover more than a little queerness in family history. For more information see


The week builds towards Parade day with the Annual Mr. and Miss Gay Limerick pageant, Women’s Night and new to this year’s programme revered local hotspot Mickey Martins is busting out the sequins and fishnets for one night only on Friday September 6th for ‘Twas the Night Before Pride’ where Augustinian Lane will be transformed into a Burlesque Cabaret of delight with aerial acrobatics, cocktails and the best music by Mother Club Dublin.


The festival concludes with a choice of two clubbing venues on Saturday September 7th with newcomer ‘Fruit’ at the Basement venue, Catherine street with PRhomo Dublin and the Annual stalwart Pride Closing Party at Dolans warehouse. Dionysus club presents ‘Abbaesque’ with DJ Jules and Mona Lott over two floors as the entire venue turns into a haven for dancing Queens.

The legendary Céilí traditional Irish culture night at the George Boutique Hotel on Sunday September 8th at 7pm.

Visit for a complete festival listing including community health events and political debate.





Fri 30th August        

PRIDE Launch @ The Parlour Thomas Street 8pm Hosted by Madonna Lucia. FREE Let’s get this party started! Audio Angels are a music and dance troupe consisting of male and female dj’s, percussionists and performers. The guys are putting on a massive show with fire breathing, drink promos and spectacle to get everyone geared up for the festival. The venue shall be illuminated in Pink with free cocktails on arrival with gorgeous dancers and fire breathers creating a WOW spectacle smack bang in the middle of Limerick City! TEN days of ACTION for Equality, Love, Diversity and Celebration starts right here!

Sat 31st August

Abseil @ Thomond Park Time slot TBC from 10am see website Last year Self Help Africa was the charity that benefited from the fantastic fundraising done by the participants. This year, the Abseil event is open to other clubs & charities including Self Help Africa & To take part in the abseil, participants pay a €65 registration fee, with the rest of the funds they raise going towards their charity of choice. If you would like to get involved or need more information please contact the event organiser Sharon Mc Meel on 086-8524800 or This is a unique opportunity to scale the most iconic landmark in Limerick city, Thomond Park, the home of Munster Rugby, and you never know who you will bump into on the day! Moninne Griffith from says, “We are delighted to have amazing supporters like Sharon and Dave Cuddihy (Chairman Limerick Pride) who are organising this fundraising event in aid of Marriage Equality as part of the Limerick Pride festival. We are so close to achieving equality for same sex couples, their families and their children and hope to see a referendum on the issue next year. We know Ireland is ready, with public support at 75%, but we need our supporters to help us get this across the line. That is why we are asking everyone who thinks it’s time for marriage equality in Ireland to show their support to this fun event.”

Pride Art @ Hunt Museum 2:30 – 4:30pm  FREE – collect a ticket from Reception on the day. Join a guest artist for a fun-filled afternoon making hearts with a twist and Community Love Flags. Each participant will get the opportunity to create a strand of community heart-shaped flags that will offer love, good wishes, and happy thoughts far and wide throughout our community. The Flags will be exhibited in The Hunt Museum Education Wing throughout Pride Week 2013 for all visitors to enjoy!

Ms.Faghag Dionysus @ Dolans Upstairs Venue 11.30pm €10 Hosted by Miss Anna RexiaJudge Frances Healy has the unenviable task of choosing this years recipient of the Faghag crown from a motley selection of Prize Queens and their Fabulous Hags. Think of it as Crufts on crack, followed by the best club music at Dionysus Club.

FruiT @ Basement Pery, Catherine Street, Limerick 11.30pm €10 FruiT is a weekly gay club night in the basement. Gay dancing, Every Saturday, In town. DJ Bugsy gets everyone geared up for the first weekend of Pride with contemporay pop and the usual drink promos.

Sunday 1st September

Pride Picnic @ Peoples Park, Limerick 1pm Come out for a picnic in the Park and bring your dog to the Limerick Animal Welfare LAW Dog show with various categories including best costume and best rescue dog. Scoop the Poop! €2 Per category in Dog Show, all monies raised go to LAW. Please note this event is outdoors so keep an eye on facebook and website for updates. In case of a hurricane alternate arrangements will be made!

Drum and Costume Workshop 3pm @ Hunt Museum  FREE A radical faery drum/dance/costume/heart circle where people can drum, dance, dress up and let go! This workshop is aimed at anyone who likes to have fun and share, no experience needed just a heartbeat! For more info about the radical faeries check out The Radical Faeries (also Faeries and Fae) are a loosely-affiliated, worldwide network and counter-cultural movement seeking to reject hetero-imitation and redefine queer identity through spirituality. 

Prayer Service @ St Marys Cathederal 5:30pm FREE The Annual Pride Prayer Service is made possible by the Staff, Clergy and indeed the Congregation of St. Mary’s Cathedral who support what has become a very special event for Pride that celebrate inclusion and diversity. This year songs of faith and devotion are provided by Unity Gospel Choir Limerick under the expert tutelage of Gretta McCormack-O’Shea M.A. The service is delivered and made possible by the Rev. Jane Galbraith and is open to ALL.

Pride Theatre Presents BRB @The Parlour, Thomas Street, Limerick 8pm €8 It’s the morning after a teenager’s party, and someone is dead in the bathroom. BRB takes us through the months and weeks leading up to this event, during which relationships are torn apart by a secret love affair between two girls. Written by Australian stage and screenwriter, Kirsten Stoddart, and directed by seasoned Irish theatre and film director, Jessie Kirby, BRB addresses issues that are often not discussed openly, such as teen depression, homophobia, bullying, self-image and suicide. BRB asks questions about identity and finding where you belong in society. BRB premiered at the 10th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in May 2013, with a 6-night run at the James Joyce Centre. It is now working its way around the Republic of Ireland and the UK. BRB is suitable for audiences 15+ (parental discretion advised). It does contain some strong language and sexual themes, but also addresses important issues at the heart of the LGBTQ experience in Irish society. Not to be missed!

Mon 2nd September

Parents of LGBT Support Group Monday September 2nd, 7.30pm in Shannon Family Resource Centre, Rineanna View Estate,

Shannon, Co. Clare. The parent support group is a confidential space where parents of LGBT people can share experiences and seek advice and information on LGBT issues. For more information contact Patrick on (061)31010 or email

Tues 3rd September

Sexual Empowerment Workshop for GBT Men 4pm @RRP A confidential workshop in a safe space designed to explore the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of sexual health; including pleasure. For more information contact Patrick on (061)31010 or

The Outlet, Adult LGBT Group @RRP 7.30 pm

The Outlet is a mixture of serious conversation and fun times. We discuss things like mental health, LGBT issues and the Irish weather! For more information contact Patrick on(061)310101 or email

GEEK OUT Table Quiz @ The White House Bar, O’Connell Street, Limerick 7PM hosted by Myles Breen €5 So you know the difference between a sonic screwdriver and a jeffries tube? You know that Han shot first? Prove your Geek mettle at a special table quiz in aid of Limerick LGBTQ Pride and have a laugh at the useless pop culture information we have stored in our brains. MC for the evening Myles Breen shall struggle to keep a straight face as people fight over alternate timelines and interspatial fluxes. Regardless there are AMAZING spot prizes to be won! €5 a head for a table of five.

Wed 4th September

Rapid HIV Tests @RRP Wednesday September 4th & Thursday September 5th, in Red Ribbon Project, Davis Street, Limerick. Using the Orasure Rapid Testing Kit we can provide a confidential HIV test using oral fluid or blood. Especially for Pride we are providing these at a reduced cost: €30 waged/€15 unwaged. Appointments are expected to last between 30 and 40 minutes. For more information or to book a test please call 061 314354 or

Sexual Empowerment Workshop for LBT Women @RR Wednesday September 4th, 4pm in Red Ribbon Project, Davis Street, Limerick. A confidential workshop in a safe space designed to explore the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of sexual health; including pleasure. For more information call 061 314354 or email

Queer tour 4pm @ Hunt Museum Donation €3 Uncover the queer, unusual and hidden histories of some treasures of The Hunt’s collection. Part of Limerick Pride week at the Hunt. Please note the tour will also happen on Parade day September 7th at 3PM.

Thurs 5th September 

Rapid HIV Tests @RRP Wednesday September 4th & Thursday September 5th, in Red Ribbon Project, Davis Street, Limerick. Using the Orasure Rapid Testing Kit we can provide a confidential HIV test using oral fluid or blood. Especially for Pride we are providing these at a reduced cost: €30 waged/€15 unwaged. Appointments are expected to last between 30 and 40 minutes. For more information or to book a test please call 061 314354 or

Queer Cornucopia OUTINUL Craft day @ Hunt 12-5pm  FREE Join University Of Limerick students for an afternoon of Pride themed fun. Out in U.L., the University LGBT group are doing make and do with a twist. Make Pride Bracelets, do some painting or even try your hand at some on the spot Drag tutorials.

Pride Supper Club with Dame Aunty Lily & Diva Judy O’Connor Dinner and Show @ Dolans Venue 7.30pm €15

“Hats and Boa’s” is the theme for The Supper Club Upstairs in Dolans Venue on Thursday September 5th. Our resident Diva Ms Judy O’Connor will perform a medley of classic songs ably assisted by Mr Jim Lawless as Maitre D’ AKA Dame Aunty Lily. Expect a night of camp fun and frolics with a few guest surprises. Tickets for the Show (including 2  course Supper) are €15. Guests are asked to wear a hat or a Boa (or both) Doors are at 7.30pm

Mr.&Ms Gay Limerick @ Bentleys 8.30pm €8 Hosted by Paul Ryder The annual search is on for the new mister and miss! Contestants will be put through their paces by host Paul Ryder under the watchful eye of guest judges, former title holders and the baying crowd. Only two can step up to the challenge to represent Limerick and become Mr.&Ms. Gay Limerick 2013. The first duty of the winners is to walk in the Pride Parade with this years Grand Marshall onSeptember 7th.

Fri 6th September

TENI Seminar @ Absolute Hotel, Sir Harrys Mall, Limerick 9.30 AM With Vanessa Lacey of TENI   FREE The annual Limerick LGBTQ Pride festival that seeks to promote positive visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer people in Limerick has this year organised a seminar entitled ‘Best Practice Guidelines in working with Transgender Patients and their families’. Limerick Pride feels that this is an opportunity to address the Medical Profession on an issue that may not have been tackled before within the Munster region. In conjunction with Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), Pride is aiming this seminar specifically at members of the Medical Profession, G.P.’s, Students, Community,Health and Social workers and of course the wider Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in the Mid Western Region. Vanessa Lacey (TENI) is delivering this seminar, and has already given talks and workshops in this subject area both nationally and internationally. Ms.Lacey is the Health and Information Officer for Transgender Equality Network Ireland and is an expert in all areas of Trans* health issues and nomenclature. This seminar is provided free of charge and is wheelchair accessible. Light refreshments will also be available with a donation to Pride. 

Skeletons in the closet 1pm @ Hunt Museum  FREE Discovering Queerness in family history. As part of the Hunt Museum 2013 Gathering programme and Limerick Pride Week, Dr John Logan will be speaking on researching family history and uncovering queer, unusual and often hidden family secrets. This is an absolute must for genealogy buffs!

Coming Out workshop 4pm @RR in Red Ribbon Project, Davis Street, Limerick. This workshop explores the experience of ‘coming out’. Participants get to hear other peoples ‘coming out’ stories and share their own experiences if they feel comfortable enough to. It is a workshop aimed at showing and appreciating the honesty, strength and courage of ‘coming out’. For more information contact Patrick on (061)310101 or email

Women’s night 9pm @ The Piano Bar / Bentleys €5 The annual Pride Ladies Night does exactly what it says on the tin, come chat and mingle with the girls and enjoy some complimentary finger food while you dance the evening away! Special guest appearance by Rachy P followed by DJ. Located upstairs in the plush piano bar at Bentleys.

T’was the night before Pride @ Mickey Martins from 9pm – 1am FREE Mickey Martins presents T’was the night before Pride, with special guests Mother, home of synth pop and electronic music in Dublin. Mickeys is a stalwart of the alternative dance music scene in Limerick, (Calvin Harris and Norman Jay recently DJ’d), and a damn fine spot for a few sociables. To get into the spirit of Pride they are going gay for one night and encouraging their regular patrons to get in the mood! Spilling out onto Augustinian Lane there will be aerial acrobatics, street performers, drag hostesses, burlesque masquerade and full on patron participation. Think Halloween except GAY! This free event is supporting the GCN Forever campaign. GCN is a not for profit publication and registered charity that exists for one reason: to give LGBT people access to information about everything that is happening for them across Ireland, both politically and culturally and give them access to a sense of community. A night not to be missed and should set you up nicely for the Parade!

Sat 7th September

PRIDE breakfast @ The Old Quarter 9.30am

Delicious full Irish to set you up for the Parade or a light continental if you haven’t gone to bed yet. Go ahead have champagne it is Pride!

Uth Group 11am @RRP in Red Ribbon Project, Davis Street, Limerick. The youth groups aim is to encourage young people to be proactive in attaining education and awareness around sexual health/ concerns and emotional and mental health issues that are of relevance to them and their peers. For more information contact Patrick or Teresa on (061)310101 or

#PINKPARADE 2pm SHARP Assemble from 1pm outside Limerick Court house and get into the mood for the biggest and brightest Limerick LGBTQ Pride Parade yet! This is the last of the festival season in Ireland and we are encouraging people to wear PINK to show support for MARRIAGE EQUALITY and an end to Homophobia. Expect full on colour, dance, music, street performance, theatrics and even a marching band! The Parade shall be led by our Grand Marshall, the first Alternative Miss Limerick! Limerick Pride in association with The Gathering and have flown in Miss Lilette Shannon Banks to lead the #PINKPARADE around Limerick City. Be Loud Be Bold Be Daring Be There!   FREE


Parade After Party @ Orchard 3pm Hosted by the Flawless Celine Immediately after the parade revellers shall be welcomed to the Parade After Party at The Orchard on Bank Place. This party is going to be unlike any held before. Unity Gospel Choir Limerick shall sing their hearts out as people arrive to a smorgasbord of treats for all the family. Expect a Bouncy Castle and the Fun Bus with face painting for the kids, a myriad of fresh food with a BBQ, and full bar for the adults, candyfloss and ice cream and a carnival atmosphere. There will be guest speakers, a Tea dance, a fully equipped Pride Stall to get you decked up for the day and night and several performances from special guests. Girl band Grenade return for a blistering set on what has almost become the last gig on their Pan European Pride tour, followed by DJ set. Through it all Celine will be on hand as Mistress of Ceremonies making sure we don’t make a show of ourselves in front of the guests. You know yourself babes! Its time to feel AMAZING!FREE

Art Opening by Kieran Carey @ Faber Gallery Henry Street. Limerick artist Kieran Carey presents an exhibition of his new work. Opening time TBC see website.

Queer tour 3PM @ Hunt Museum FREE Uncover the queer, unusual and hidden histories of some treasures of The Hunt’s collection. Part of Limerick Pride week at the Hunt.

Art from the heart family workshop 2.30 – 4.30PM @ Hunt Museum Donation €3 Join a guest artist for a fun-filled afternoon making hearts with a twist and Community Love Flags. For more information see

FruiT Pride PRHomo @ Basement Pery 11.30PM €10 Fruit and Prhomo (Dublins Biggest Weekly gay club night) are teaming up for Limerick Pride. Join DJ Ruth on the decks with Club Host Paul Ryder alongside Prhomos crew and Dancers. LOTS of Drinks Promotions and 2 Hotel breaks to be won on the night. Let’s Party like its Pride! Saturday September 7th at Fruit, Perys Catherine Street Doors at 11.30PM

PRIDE CLOSING PARTY DIONYSUS PRESENTS ‘ABBAESQUE WITH DJ JULES & Mona Lott’ @ Dolans Warehouse + Upstairs Venue doors 9PM €17

Access all areas, two floors of entertainment with drink promotions on the night. Upstairs Club Venue presents DJ Mona Lott with the best camp classics and 80’s retro POP. In the Warehouse, Ireland’s number one ABBA tribute band ABBAESQUE work the Dancing Queens into a frenzy of Pride flavoured glam pop. Followed by the amazing DJ Jules on the decks into the early hours with the best contemporary dance. Two Bars, two dancefloors, one beergarden and large smoking area. Wheelchair accessible venue.

Sun 8th September

HANGOVER Late Lunch@ The Old Quarter Afternoon Sleep when we’re dead! Hit the ground running with a good feed and good company.

Prideful Recovery 2-6pm @RRP in Red Ribbon Project, Davis Street, Limerick. Prideful Recovery is the calm after the pink filled storm. We will be offering holistic therapies and treatments like Reiki as well as Angel card readings. For more information contact Red Ribbon Project on (061)314354 or email All workshops are held in a confidential and safe space. All events are free but donations to Red Ribbon project are appreciated.

Céilí @ George Boutique Hotel 7pm FREE

Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí! Hosted by Fear an tí Fada this promises to be an evening of traditional craic agus ceoil. A treat for visitors to Limerick where you will witness the finest examples of local traditional Irish music, dancing, song and storytelling. Get into the atmosphere as we serve up gallons of tea and brown soda bread and join in a bit of dancing yourself. This event is made possible by the Arts Council.

To read more stories about Limerick Pride go HERE.










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.

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