Playwright Oscar Wilde, TV presenter Graham Norton, writer Colm Toibin, celeb milliner Philip Treacy and gay rights activist and performer Rory O’Neill (Panti) are just a few famous gay Irish celebrities.
Ireland’s Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, came out recently on a popular radio show and the recent passing of the Same Sex Marriage Referendum means that Ireland is more gay-friendly than ever before.
There are plenty of gay-friendly hotels, apartment rentals and B&Bs in Dublin and of course, all the big hotels in the city are pretty easy-going.
In Dublin, full-time gay bars include the George on South Great George’s Street, Pantibar on Capel Street and the Front Lounge on Parliament Street. There are also a number of clubs that take place on different nights of the week.
For something a little bit different, try Gay Bingo at the George with Shirley Temple Bar. Shirley established her Sunday-night bingo in the George in 1997 and over 850 shows later, she’s still calling the balls! The show kicks off at 9pm followed by DJ Karen until the early hours.
Dublin’s LGBTQ Pride Festival takes place every year during the summer with a big parade in the centre of Dublin. Pride brunches and breakfasts take place across the city before the parade, there’s a Dublin Pride Thanksgiving Service and after the colourful and (obviously!) flamboyant parade, there’s a massive outdoor party with great entertainment and musical acts. It’s a summer festival highlight!
Ireland has come a long way in the last few years and on this tour you will see a different side of a modern, forward-looking Ireland and have plenty of fun along the way!