Limerick Virtual Pride 2020 – Pictured are Hugo Dahn, Myles Breen, Elysha Folan, Killian Fitzgerald (back) with Lisa Daly, Chairperson Limerick Pride and Richard Lynch, PRO Limerick Pride (front). Picture: ilovelimerick

Limerick Virtual Pride 2020 offers an amazing lineup of events!

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Lorcan McAuliffe, Mr Gay Ireland 2020 pictured in the People’s Park, Limerick. Picture: Richard Lynch/ilovelimerick

Limerick Virtual Pride 2020 takes place from July 6 -12, with a virtual Parade on Saturday, July 11 at 2.30pm live from the Limerick Pride Facebook page. This year’s Virtual Pride offers something for everyone!

Lisa Daly, Chairperson of Limerick Pride said, “We are thrilled to be still able to bring some Pride into people’s homes during this time to offer a fantastic line up for this year’s festival. Special thanks to all our great community, without your support and teaming up together Limerick Pride 2020 would not have been possible, we are extremely grateful and proud of each one of you, so thank you. This year we chose the theme ‘Support Each Other’ with our hashtag #SpiritOfPride because now more than ever before we should be joining as a community and supporting each other.”

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Senator David Norris is this years Grand Marshall. Picture: ilovelimerick 

Richard Lynch, PRO of Limerick Pride said, “We are delighted to announce that this year’s Grand Marshall is one other than Senator David Norris, is an Irish scholar, independent Senator and civil rights activist. Internationally, David is credited with having, “managed, almost single-handedly, to overthrow the anti-homosexuality law which brought about the downfall of Oscar Wilde”, a feat he achieved in 1988 after a fourteen-year campaign. He has also been credited with being “almost single-handedly responsible for rehabilitating James Joyce in once disapproving Irish eyes”. He was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in Ireland. We own him so much and we are thrilled that he is our Grand Marshall for this years Virtual Pride!”

Lorcan McAuliffe, a mental health worker and a proud Limerick man who was crowned Mr Gay Ireland 2020 said, “2020 has put many unprecedented challenges before us. Covid-19 has taught us the importance of family, friends, the love we share and supporting each other. Although this year we won’t walk shoulder to shoulder proudly celebrating the love and pride our community holds so dear to our hearts, we are still all in this together! The virtual pride approach many have taken this year ensures that although we are not side by side that we can still celebrate our pride as a community and feel more connected than ever!”

With a physical Limerick Pride Festival not being able to take place, Limerick Pride are holding a  Limerick Virtual Pride to bring Pride into your homes and to reach those who may not have ever seen or experienced a Pride event or a Pride parade before. Lisa added, “We wanted to reach the wider and rural communities so that even if we cannot dance together in the streets, from the safety of our homes, we will be able to celebrate all that makes our community so beautiful, so resilient, and so rich with diversity. We would also like to encourage everyone including businesses to display a rainbow flag or change their business lighting into the colours of the rainbow to mark Limerick Pride this year.”

Events include a Glam Pride Inspired Make Up tutorial with local Make Up academy Jimmy C, ‘Then And Now’, an evening of stories, songs and performances featuring Limerick queer artists hosted by theatre artist and musician, Ann Blake and her wife Jenny, a Virtual Cabaret Bingo and a Limerick Youth Service Make Up Tutorial.

Mickey Martins returns for another year to host the pre-pride party, ‘Twas the Night Before Pride” secret session on Friday, July 10 which will be broadcast live on the Mickey Martins Facebook page.

On Saturday, July 11 from 2.30pm, a Limerick Virtual Pride Parade will stream on the Pride Facebook page followed by the traditional Pridefest featuring performances from many local artists, drag queens and the annual Tea Dance with Myles Breen.

More information can be found on the Limerick Pride website and you can watch all the events LIVE on the Limerick Pride Facebook page. More details below:

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Monday, July 6 

Limerick Pride Launch – TBA


Tuesday, July 7

Glam Pride Inspired Make Up Tutorial at 7pm 

This year Limerick Pride have teamed up with local Make Up academy Jimmy C to bring you Glam Pride Inspired makeup tutorial.

This is an Online Event which can be viewed live on the Limerick Pride Facebook page.

Jimmy C Makeup was first established in 2015 offering the highest quality in Makeup Training. Jimmy C is now renowned for the Jimmy C College Of Makeup Artistry where they offer the very best Makeup Training for all levels.

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Wednesday, July 8 

‘Then And Now’ at 8pm

Join Theatre Artist and Musician, Ann Blake and her wife Jenny, a political activist, as they host Then And Now: an evening of stories, songs and performances featuring Limerick queer artists. Reflecting on the theme of being out at different ages in different times, the artists will share a combination of their own work and/or work which inspires them. Artists on the night include Myles Breen, Michelle Fox, Shane Hickey O’Mara, Jared Nadin and more to be confirmed.

Ann wrote her award winning show, The Morning After The Life Before, in 2017 and has since toured it in Ireland, The UK, Canada and New York and Jenny was a key figure in ‘Yes Equality Limerick’, the Marriage Equality campaign in 2015.

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Thursday, July 9

Youth Zoom event TBD 

The Youth Zoom event which will include chats and musical numbers.

 Virtual Cabaret Bingo at 6pm 

Join your hosts Dame Stuffy and Carrie Dewayy as we bring you Virtual Cabaret Bingo. This will be bingo like you have not experienced before so get ready for a night of comedy, entertainment, and performances. Prizes up for grabs on the night, including cash prizes so the more people that take part the more money you have a chance of winning. To play only costs €5 for 2 Bingo Sheets which will be emailed to you. Full list of rules and Paypal link can be found on the Limerick Pride Facebook event page. This is a night not to be missed, we would highly recommend you and family or friends to join in on the fun. Remember the more people in it the higher the cash prize will be.

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Friday, July 10

Limerick Youth Service, Make Up Tutorial TBD 

Limerick Youth Service, Make Up Tutorial with drag queen and king followed by a movie night over zoom with young people There will also be a competition with a Prom King/Queen and Monarch for non-binary.

 ‘Twas the night before Pride’ secret session from 9pm 

Mickey Martins returns for another year to host the pre-pride party, Twas the night before pride secret session. Mickey Martins will have the guest DJ. THIS IS LIVE ON MICKEY MARTINS FACEBOOK PAGE AND NOT AT THE ACTUAL PUB.


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Saturday, July 11

Limerick Virtual Pride Parade at 2.30pm

Limerick Virtual Pride Parade will be shown out on Pride Facebook page, where we will show a mix of our Parades, messages, and pictures from the public. This year’s Grand Marshall is Senator David Norris.

The virtual Limerick Pride Parade will also feature as the opening pride event for Pride Inside. Pride Inside includes Kerry Pride, Killarney Pride, Galway Pride, Black Pride Ireland and Mayo Pride which have for the first time all joined together to bring events across Ireland from July 11th-19th .

Virtual Pridefest at 4pm

Join Pride for the traditional Pridefest (Block Party) where there will be performances from many local artists, drag queens, Live music from Irelands Got Talent Cork girl duo Sparkle and more.

Dj Olivia Chau at 8.30pm

Dj Olivia Chau brings you the best of R&B, hip hop, and floor filler classics.


Sunday, July 12

A Cup Of Tea With Tina D at 6pm

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Thursday July 9 – Saturday July 11

Virtual Youth Pride

Please note: All youth events registered through Eventbrite will receive a package, no youth events during the week will be shown out on any of Limerick Prides social media pages. Follow

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Limerick Pride Parade 2015

Pictured: Nollaig Malone, Miss Limerick 2015,Marianne Madoxx, Richard Lynch, Hugo Dahn and Myles Breen, Grand Marshall Limerick Pride 2015. Picture: Dolf Patijn.

Limerick Pride Parade 2015 was held this year, Sat July 18, for huge crowds coming out to participate in this year’s festivities.

There has never been more reason to celebrate Limerick Pride than there has been this year, because of Ireland’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage earlier in May. National pride was celebrated after the marriage referendum but local pride in the decision was celebrated today, with three marchers carrying a Limerick flag near the front of the parade, with the words; “Limerick Said Yes”, printed on the front.

Elaborate outfits, colourful posters and rainbow pride flags covered the streets of Limerick City. A number of groups donated their time and effort to take part in the parade, as well as political parties Fianna Fáil, Labour, Sinn Féin and AAA showing their support.

The parade, leaving City Hall at 3pm, wound its way around our city, through O’Connell Street, Mallow Street and Henry Street, before arriving back at City Hall. The Parade Grand Marshall was Myles Breen, who rode in the back of an open-top car as it travelled the route of the parade. Myles, in his ever cheerful and charismatic manner, interacted with the crowds as he passed, and later referred to them as he addressed the growing crowds at the after-party: “I’m sure everyone who marched in the parade with me must have been overwhelmed by the response of people and with the positivity, respect and just sheer acceptance.”

The parade after-party, hosted by Paul Ryder, held performances by The Voice contestant Niall O’Halloran and Retro Fusion Gospel, a unique group that mixes different genres of music. Myles Breen performed his annual tea dance and took on a new spin, integrating elements of the rumba dance style. 

Lisa Daly, chairperson of Limerick Pride, said the event was only possible ‘because of everyone coming together, not just as a country but for everyone behind the scenes, to send a very strong message that we’re all finally equal.”

Richard Lynch, Festival Organiser, said a few words at the after-party in The Orchard, saying ‘that now the LGBT community were equal in the eyes of the world in terms of Marriage Equality, our next goal is for complete equal rights of our transgendered brothers and sisters.’

Richard interviewed people on the day about what was the next step for the LGBT community in terms of equal human rights and the general consensus was that Trans people are among the most vulnerable members of Irish society and experience high levels of stigmatisation and marginalisation. Research shows suicidality, regular harassment and violence and systemic discrimination are commonplace. The good news is since June trans people in Ireland will now not have to rely on testimony from psychiatrists or endocrinologists to have their gender recognised by the state.

Instead, their self-declaration will be accepted, for the purpose of updating passports, driving licences, obtaining a new birth cert, and getting married. While the legislation is still not perfect, and we must not forget those under 18, non-binary people and people with an intersex condition, it is wonderful that Ireland recognised its citizens’ rights to determine our own identity. We are in a new era for trans rights in Ireland.

The Climax party, held in Dolan’s Warehouse on Saturday, wrapped up the day with performance by Dragged Up, later followed by DJ Ruth.

This year’s festival was focused around the theme of not only accepting others, but also accepting and expressing yourself. 

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Limerick Pride 2015 launch at Dolan's Warehouse

Pictured: Mrs Elsie Cox, Myles Breen, Richard Lynch, Mayor Jerry O’Dea and Aladdin Kishk. Picture by: Jonathan Baynes.

The countdown to Limerick Pride  2015 officially began with the press launch at Dolan’s in Limerick City on Mon, June 29.

At the Limerick Pride 2015 launch Patrick McElligott, Chairperson of Limerick Pride said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer a fantastic line up for Limerick Pride 2015, running from Tues, July 14 until Sun, July 19. There is something for everyone culminating in the annual Pride Parade on Saturday July 18 and the PrideFest party directly after the Parade.  We want to welcome everyone to join us in celebrating LGBT 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. This past year the Irish LGBT community has received resounding support from the wider Irish community in their support of equal rights and marriage equality so this will be reflected in this year’s Pride Parade. We will celebrate our freedom and the opportunity we have been given as a community to develop the concept of the family unit within our community.”

Jerry O’Dea, newly appointed Mayor of Metropolitan District of Limerick, showed his support for the LGBT movement at the launch, adding: “In previous years, people who have participated in Pride have felt that this annual event was their only time to be truly express themselves. Since the passing of the marriage referendum, Ireland’s LGBT population has been joined by the wider population in celebration.”

The Limerick Pride Festival 2015 will be taking place starting on Tues, July 14 with events each day until Sunday July 19 and will feature a multitude of events, from educational workshops and discussions to evenings of music and club nights, to cater to the Pride needs of everyone.

This year’s Pride will have an educational aspect. Workshops will be held during the week covering topics such as a Coming Out, Sexual Empowerment and social groups for people of all ages, orientations and genders. All will be welcome to the workshops regardless of their sexual orientation giving the people of Limerick City an opportunity to get to know the Limerick LGBT community more and everyone is encouraged to get involved.

For the first time ever, The Mr and Ms Gay Limerick competition on Sat, July 11 will be held before the Limerick Pride festival at the Best Western Pery Hotel at 9pm, hosted by Paul Ryder with Regina George taking to the decks once the winners have been crowned to entertain us with the best party music around. Tickets are priced at €10.

Limerick Pride’s official Launch night on Tues, July 14 will be in “Stroker’s Gay Bar” on William Street with champagne, finger food and dance floor musical treats.

The ‘Pride Wedding Show’, a wedding fair established in 2014 as part of Limerick Pride Festival, will take place on Wed July 15 at the Limerick Strand 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 this year for the marriage referendum, we actually had many engagements on the day of the referendum. It’s great to be able to look out for all the people who have gotten newly engaged.”

The annual Pride Parade on Sat, July 18, bring some extra colour and music to Limerick City Centre, gathering at City Hall at 2pm, the Parade will make its way at 3pm up O’Connell Street, across Mallow Street to Henry Street, past Arthurs Quay Park and returning to the Potato Market for PrideFest 2015 – a showcase of LGBT Culture in Limerick that you will not want to miss!

This years Grand Marshall will be none other than Limerick legend, actor, director and playwright, Myles Breen. Myles has been a stanch advocate of LGBT rights for decades and in 2009 as part of Limerick Pride, staged his play “Language UnBecoming a Lady”, telling the story of one gay man’s life in Limerick and it left a profound effect on audiences in Limerick. Now as Myles is about to take the play to New York in Sept, it is fitting that he leads the community in their walk through the streets of Limerick celebrating their freedom and new-found equal rights. Myles said: “I am beyond honoured to be asked to be the Grand Marshall of this years Parade. Growing up in Limerick in the 70’s and 80’s, I never dreamed of one day leading a Parade through the streets of my beloved hometown in celebration of equal human rights for the LGBT community. It’s a dream come through and I feel my life has come full circle. I hope everyone comes out to help me celebrate!”

That night after Pridefest, the main “Climax Party” at Dolan’s Warehouse, will feature “Dragged Up” star Paul Ryder and guests Pixie Woo and Victoria Secret performing their colorful show full of energy and movement, followed by DJ Ruth on the main floor and a “Saved by the 90’s” party upstairs.

A full line-up for Pride week can be found at the Limerick Pride website, with updates on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Tag your photos and comments about this years Pride with #ExpressYourselfLimerick.

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