Pride groups in Limerick and Clare unite in a bid to host Wild Atlantic EuroPride in what will be a historic celebration in Ireland. Photo: Cian Reinhardt Limerick Pride 2019
Pride groups in Limerick and Clare unite in a bid to host Wild Atlantic EuroPride in what will be a historic celebration in Ireland
Limerick Pride, The Outing Festival, and QuareClare (Clare Pride) have proudly announced their collective efforts to bring EuroPride 2028 to the West of Ireland, setting the stage for a historic celebration in Ireland.
In a resounding declaration of solidarity, these three LGBTQIA+ organisations have joined hands to embark on an inspiring journey towards hosting EuroPride 2028. The partnership marks a momentous step towards amplifying the voices and stories of LGBTQIA+ individuals in an unprecedented fashion here in the rural West of Ireland.
A letter of intent to host EuroPride 2028 and this letter of intent has been submitted to EuroPride (EPOA) and accepted.
EuroPride is a pan-European international event dedicated to LGBT+ pride, hosted by a different European city each year. The host city usually has an established pride event or a significant LGBT+ community.
‘Wild Atlantic EuroPride 2028’ in the West of Ireland will be a joint bid from Limerick Pride, The Outing Festival, and QuareClare (Clare Pride) are successful; this will be the first time EuroPride will be in the isle land of Ireland and the most western point in Europe.
Dublin Pride and Belfast Pride have been bidding to have EuroPride come to the island of Ireland before for 2022 & 2023.
‘Wild Atlantic EuroPride 2028’ in the West of Ireland with Limerick Pride, The Outing Festival, and QuareClare take place in the picturesque region of County Clare and County Limerick, nestled along the captivating Wild Atlantic Way, is poised to play host to this grand celebration of diversity.
From the spirited inaugural Pride Celebration of QuareClare in 2022 to the acclaimed The Outing Festival that has been redefining the boundaries of queer art, music, and matchmaking for over a decade, and the historical Limerick Pride, these organisations stand as vibrant symbols of resilience, creativity, and inclusivity in Ireland today.
As Ireland’s ancient villages, towns, and cities make up its cultural heartbeat, the landscape of Counties Clare and Limerick will transform into a display of pride, acceptance, and belonging during EuroPride 2028.
From the breathtaking Burren to the melodies echoing across the Wild Atlantic Way, EuroPride 2028 promises an immersive experience that celebrates the rich heritage, culture, and artistic brilliance that Ireland is renowned for and our human rights.
Lisa Daly, Festival Director of Limerick Pride, said, “This EuroPride 2028 marks the 35th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexual acts between men in Ireland, and we wanted to acknowledge this. When we marched up O’Connell Street Limerick in 2028, we marched in honour of all our LGBTQ+ community who came before us and laid the path for our freedom. We wanted to spotlight and celebrate the power and resiliency of our community here in Ireland and Europe.”
Limerick Pride, a volunteer-driven non-profit collective founded in 2001, has tirelessly championed the visibility of LGBTQIA+ individuals and worked towards justice and equity, ending oppression and representing all voices within the community. QuareClare, which emerged as a social group in 2020, is dedicated to creating a welcoming network for LGBTQIA+ individuals in County Clare and has rapidly evolved into a dynamic force supporting pride movements nationwide. The Outing Festival, known as the World’s Only Queer Art, Music & Matchmaking Festival, has captivated audiences worldwide for over a decade, giving a safe space for queer arts and friendships.
Eddie McGuinness, Festival Director and founder of The Outing Festival said, “Together, these organisations bring forth a compelling proposal to host EuroPride 2028, inviting friends from all corners of Europe to partake in an unparalleled celebration that transcends boundaries and celebrates the essence of being yourself.
The triumvirate of QuareClare, Limerick Pride, and The Outing Festival opens its arms to all LGBTQIA+ community members, inviting them to a New Ireland in 2028—a land of acceptance, love, and unity. Join us as we embark on this extraordinary journey and redefine the landscape of pride, culture, and connection.