Limerick LGBTQ Pride Festival 2017 gives the youth of Limerick a voice
The countdown to Limerick LGBTQ Pride Festival 2017 officially began with the press launch at the Clayton Hotel in Limerick City on Monday, June 12.
At the press launch Lou McCormack, Chairperson Limerick LGBTQ Pride 2017 said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer a fantastic line up for Limerick LGBTQ Pride Festival 2017, running from Monday, July 10 until Sunday, July 16 with the Parade on Saturday, July 15. There is something for everyone culminating in the annual Pride Parade 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. It is set to build on the success and positive energy of previous years festivals, promoting community spirit, community engagement and celebration.”
Richard Lynch, PRO Limerick LGBTQ Pride 2017 added, “People have been asking now that Marriage Equality has been passed in Ireland, why is there a need for a Pride Festival? There will always be a need as long as others in the global LGBTQ community are not as fortunate as us in terms of equal rights. We must fight for our brothers and sisters throughout the world and take a stand for human rights for all. That’s why our theme this year is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBTQ) Youth. Ireland voted YES to same-sex marriage in 2015, a new generation has spoken who were responsible for that historic victory. This generation is our future leaders and we want to give them a platform as the voice of a new Ireland. It will be an event supporting LGBTQ young people in Limerick and beyond and we want Pride to be an inclusive, open and integrated event welcoming all people regardless of their sexual or gender orientation, religion or race.”
The Limerick Pride LGBTQ Festival 2017 will be taking place starting on Monday, July 10 until Sunday, July 16 with the Parade on Saturday, July 15 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.
Limerick LGBTQ Pride Secretary Lydia Doody said, “We want to make this year’s festival a celebration for everyone in Limerick. For that reason, almost all of the events have no charge and are open to every person who wants to attend. Strokers, Limerick’s gay bar is opening 7 nights during Pride to offer something different on every night of Pride.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Monday, July 10
On Monday, July 10 Limerick Pride’s Official Launch will be held at McGettigans Pub at Limerick City Hotel from 6pm to 8pm with a DJ, a Stanza Poetry Performance and complimentary finger food.
Also at the launch Christian Moretti, writer and LGBTQ Activist will be launching his new book ‘Glory is for the Vain, Fight is for the Brave’. The launch will be followed by a free BBQ and drinks reception at Brimstone Restaurant.
Tuesday, July 11
On Tuesday, July 11, Bake With Pride takes place in Hook & Ladder on Sarsfield Street at 5.30pm. Learn to make rainbow cupcakes in a hands-on baking class. Discounted price of €5 for the class. Limited spaces available, booking essential through Limerick Pride. Email email@example.com to book.
The Outlet LGBTQ peer social group will run Tuesday, July 11 at 6.30pm. Call GOSHH at 061 314354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
At 8pm there is an LGBTQ Movie Screening in University Concert Hall Limerick, followed by a Lip Sync Battle in Strokers.
Wednesday, July 12
On Wednesday, July 12 Print with Pride takes place at Limerick Printmakers Studio & Gallery in Johns Square from 6pm to 7.30pm. This is 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. This is followed by Elsie’s Bingo Balls in Strokers, which promises to be a great night for all.
Thursday, July 13
On Thursday, July 13, Afternoon T for transgendered people and their friends takes place in Chez Le Fab at 3pm.
Madonna Lucia proudly presents her one woman show ‘not safe for work’ at Dolans upstairs venue on Thursday July 13th at 9pm sharp. ‘nsfw’ was a breakout hit at this year’s first ever Limerick Fringe festival and has been updated especially for Pride week. Part autobiographical, part stand up comedy and guaranteed to offend the show deals with body image and sex in the digital age. Adult content. Doors 8pm.
On Thursday night, Mezz Ladies Night kicks off in Chez Le Fab at 8.30pm and Strokers has a Karaoke Night at 10pm.
Friday, July 14
On Friday, July 14, Drag-ON Youth Pride Party will be held in Lava Javas with GOSHH and Limerick Youth Service. All welcome ages 14 – 19yrs. Burst out a rainbow closet, stuff your face with rainbow cakes, dance the night away through glitter and bubbles, decorate your own Genderbread biscuit and paint your face in fabulosity.
That night the now traditional event ‘T’was the night before Pride’ will take place at Mickey Martins from 9pm-11.30pm. Running since 2008, Mickey Martins return for another year to host the pre-pride party with guest DJ’s and camp classics. This is a particularly special year as Mickey Martin’s and Smirnoff have come together to bring legendary act DJ Horse Meat Disco, who will be fresh off the boat from New York Pride in June, to Limerick Pride in July. T’was the night before Pride’ is taking pride to the next level this year thanks to Smirnoff and promises to be an epic night.
Saturday, July 15
The annual Limerick LGBTQ Pride Parade on Saturday, July 15, will bring some extra colour and music to Limerick City Centre, gathering at City Hall at 1.30pm the Parade will make its way at 2.30pm sharp up O’Connell Street, across Mallow Street to Henry Street, past Arthurs Quay Park and returning to City Hall.
Then everyone will go to the Hunt Museum from 3pm to 6pm for PrideFest 2017, a showcase of local LGBT culture in Limerick in a lavish marquee in the museum gardens with your host Shyanne O’Shea and special guests Unity Gospel Choir Limerick, musical performances, drag performances and much more.
Limerick legend, actor, director and playwright Myles Breen will be holding his annual Tea Dance, which for many is a highlight of the festival.
That night after Pridefest, X-Factor star Saara Aalto will headline the Pride Climax Party at Dolans Warehouse with support from Limerick singer/songwriter Doreen Grimes. The evening will be hosted by well-known Limerick drag stars Sheila Fitzpatrick and Madonna Lucia and will feature performances from Dublin’s Paul Ryder and London’s Shyanne O’Shea. The event will feature 3 DJ’s with DJ Ruth on the main floor, DJ Jules in the Kasbah and Saved by the 90’s upstairs. Three rooms packed with colour, vibrancy and music for all. Doors open 9pm and Saara takes to the stage at 11pm sharp.
Sunday, July 16
On Sunday, July 16, a Prideful Recovery Event will be held at GOSHH, 18 Davis Street from 1pm – 5pm. Come along to GOSHH on Davis Street, Limerick for some holistic therapies including Reiki, Tarot and Angel card readings. Donations welcome.
That night Strokers have a live band followed by DJ.
For media inquires contact Chair@LimerickPride.ie
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TO LOOK BACK AT LAST YEARS LIMERICK LGBTI PRIDE FESTIVAL LOOK BELOW:
Limerick LGBTI Pride Festival 2016
Saturday, July 2
Mr and Ms Gay Limerick
//Best Western Pery Hotel, 9pm, €10//
The Mr and Ms Gay Limerick competition on Saturday July 2 will be held before the Limerick Pride festival at the Best Western Pery Hotel at 9pm, hosted by Paul Ryder with DJ Gary G taking to the decks at Club Milk once the winners have been crowned to entertain us with the best party music around. Tickets are priced at €10.
Monday, July 11
A Day in May photograph exhibtion
//Belltable, 69 O Connell Street, 6pm, free entry//
A Day in May photograph exhibition will launch in The Belltable, 69 O’Connell Street on Monday, July 11 from 6pm-7.30pm and remains open to the public until July 15 to coincide with Limerick LGBTI Pride.
Limerick Pride official Launch
//Stroker’s Bar, William Street, 9pm, free entry//
Limerick Pride official Launch night will be in Strokers Gay Bar on William Street at 9pm with champagne, finger food and dance floor musical treats. Strokers are opening 7 nights during Pride to offer something different on every night of Pride.
Tuesday, July 12
//Stroker’s, 1-4pm, free entry//
Strokers Gay Bar is hosting a Trans Workshop. Whether you’re interested in learning to put on make up, pick out high heels or how to create a realistic beard, this will be a very special event for you. Experts will be there to show you the skills you need to present in your gender. Contact Strokers Gay Bar to sign up for a place in this workshop.
Wednesday, July 13
Pride Wedding Show,
//Absolute Hotel, 6-8pm, free entry//
On Wednesday July 13, the Pride Wedding Show, a wedding fair established in 2014 as part of Limerick Pride Festival, will take place from 6pm to 8pm at the Absolute Hotel. Sharon McMeel, an award winning wedding planner, said about the fair: “We’ll have different suppliers and vendors there, so all couples regardless of their sexual orientation will have a good opportunity to get answers to their important questions if they are considering getting married. With the historic ‘Yes’ vote last year for the marriage referendum, it’s great to be able to look out for all the people who have gotten newly engaged.” Free entry to the event and anyone looking to book a stand can email Sharon at Sharon@sharonmcmeel.ie or call 086 8524800.€75 per stand. For updated details contact visit www.theprideweddingshow.com.
Open Mic Night
//Cobblestone Joe’s, Little Ellen St, 8pm, free entry//
Wednesday after the Pride Wedding Show, Cobblestone Joes is home to the Limerick Pride Open Mic night. The inclusive atmosphere of one of Limericks top music venues is the perfect fit for the #UnitedColoursofLimerick theme with all singers and musicians welcome for this fantastic music celebration. No cover charge.
Thursday July 14
Mezz Ladies Night
//The Red Hen, Patrick St, 9.30pm until Late, free entry//
Mezz Ladies Night at the Red Hen sees the comeback of the hottest night for girls who like girls with a prosecco reception, DJ and late bar with free admission.
Friday, July 15
Stanzas LGBTI Poetry Event
//Lucky Lane, Catherine St, 1pm, free entry//
Stanzas is a monthly poetry event for budding wordsmiths which has been running in Limerick for 2 years this July. Stanzas are running a special official event as part of Limerick LBTI Pride. Stanzas is an event for emerging writers to come together and express themselves in an open environment. As part of their festival of words they are calling on LGBTI writers to recite their work outside Lucky Lane at 1pm on Friday July 15. To sign up simply email email@example.com.
Youth Pride Party
//Lava Javas Youth Café, Limerick Youth Service Lwr. Glentworth St, 5:30pm – 8:30pm, free entry//
Limerick’s first Youth Pride Party in Lava Java’s Youth Café in association with GOSHH & GOSHH Youth.
Music – Dance – Food – Screen Printing – Pride Parade Preperation – Information Stalls.
Safe Space Policy Lava Javas R&R’s apply. R.O.A.R **Strictly no alcohol**
T’was the night before Pride
//Mickey Martin’s, Thomas St, 9-11.30pm, free entry//
The now traditional event ‘T’was the night before Pride’ will take place at Mickey Martins from 9pm-11.30pm. Running since 2008, Mickey Martins return for another year to host the pre-pride party with guest DJ’s and camp classics. Afterwards it’s off to Club Milk’s 2nd Birthday Bash with DJ Gary G.
Milk Birthday Bash
//Milk, Pery Hotel, Glentworth Street, 11.30pm, €5 before 1am/
Milk Birthday Bash – Doors open straight after Mickey Martins @11.30pm. Music by DJ Gary G bringing you all the best floor fillers from the 90’s to present.
Saturday, July 16
Limerick LGBTI Pride Parade
//Gathering at City Hall, 1.30pm and setting off at 2.30pm//
The annual Limerick LGBTI Pride Parade on Saturday July 16, will bring some extra colour and music to Limerick City Centre, gathering at City Hall at 1.30pm, the Parade will make its way at 2.30pm sharp up O’Connell Street, across Mallow Street to Henry Street, past Arthurs Quay Park and returning to City Hall. There will be a rainbow balloon release once the parade passes Debenhams on O Connell Street. We strongly recommend rainbow colours as our theme is #UnitedColoursofLimerick this year.
//The Hunt Museum, 3pm to 6pm, free entry//
Showcase of local LGBT culture in Limerick in a lavish marquee in the museum gardens with host Paul Ryder. Special guests Hands in Harmony Deaf Community Choir and back by popular demand Patrick James, Voice of Ireland 2015 winner. Limerick legend, actor, director and playwright, Myles Breen will be holding his annual tea dance, which for many is a highlight of the festival.
//Dolan’s Warehouse, Dock Rd, 10pm, €10 Presale from Dolans or €13 on the night//
Queens of Limerick, Madonna Lucia and Sheila Fitzpatrick take to the stage with local acts and the Dublin queens of Dragged Up, including Victoria Secret, Paul Ryder, Regina George and Pixie, followed by DJ Ruth on the main floor, a “Saved by the 90s” party upstairs and Madonna Lucia hosting her monthly party at Confession Club with DJ Bugsy.
Sunday, July 17
Prideful Recovery Event
//GOSHH, 18 Davis Street from 1pm – 5pm, free entry//
Come along to GOSHH on Davis Street, Limerick for some holistic therapies including Reiki, Tarot and angel card readings. Donations welcome.
Updates at www.facebook.com/limerickpride. Tag your photos and comments about this years Pride with #UnitedColoursofLimerick.
For media inquires contact Chair@LimerickPride.ie.
GOSHH EVENT PLAN FOR PRIDE WEEK 2016
Community HIV Rapid Testing all week, possibility of testings in
venues (maybe mickey martins, dolans or strokers?)
Parents of Transgender Support group
Trans* tea Party 4 pm in hotel, Space for Trans* meeting.
Outlet open group for adults 6.30
Drop in testing in GOSHH
Drop in testing in GOSHH
Potential evening party for youths in Limerick Youth Service (LYS) (
to be confirmed )
Potential breakfast party for youths( to be confirmed)
Meeting at GOSHH before the parade for adult groups and LYS for youth
Prideful Recovery, 1.00pm -5.00pm , GOSHH, 18 Davis Street Limerick
Sunday before pride and Sunday of pride
Testing in IKandi.