Celebrate Winter Pride!

Winter Pride Ireland 2019
“The Wilde Idea”25th November – 1st December 2019

Beyond Protest and celebration, Pride connects our community, it brings us together, and for 50 years it has kept us together.  

Winter Pride is a new festival brought to you by Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride to bring the community together, reconnect friends and showcase all the resources and supports available at a time when people often need them the most.

Arts, Music, Workshops, Panel discussions, Community Events, Geili, Concert, Indoor & Outdoor Events, Family, Health & Wellbeing, Future of Pride, Oscar Wilde anniversary.

It’s also a chance to close out the 50th anniversary of Stonewall in style with a week full of events.

This new LGBT+ festival on the LGBT+ calendar here in Ireland will finish up on 1st December on World Aids Day.

Monday, November 25th


Hosted by The Queen of Ireland, Panti Bliss, sit back in the impressive surroundings of The National Concert Hall on Earlsfort Terrace and enjoy a journey through 50 years of gay anthems and LGBT+ stories with a special guest cast including: The Queen Mother – Mr Pussy (Alan Amsby), Gloria, Paul Harrington, Veda featuring Lady K, Sparkle, Brew, Phil T Gorgeous, Bunny, David Gough and more to be announced.
Location: National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 Time: 8.00pm Price €25

Tuesday November 26th


Afternoon Tea with the Lord Mayor, a tour through the National Gallery and maybe a gin & tonic or hot port afterward’s, this is a day dedicated LGBT+ Seniors in the community. If you’d like to be included or know someone we should invite along please contact us at community@dublinpride.ie

Friday November 29th


Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride is delighted to present “Pride in the Workplace” as part of our new Winter Pride Festival. This event is designed for companies and organisations wishing to take part in Dublin Pride 2020 and will be a valuable training course and networking opportunity for HR and CSR professionals from corporate, statutory and NGO backgrounds.
In 2019 over 10,000 people took part in our annual Pride Parade as under the banners of their employers, making Dublin Pride one of the largest staff events in the country. In order to protect the balance between community and corporate branding at Pride and to ensure that everyone taking part in Pride understands and supports the values and ideals that we stand for and gets the very best from Pride, we are asking all groups who plan to take part in Dublin Pride 2020 to take part in this new training initiative.

Location: The Convention Centre Dublin Time: 9.30am to 5.00pm
Price: €75 + BF

Saturday, November 30th


We’ve taken over the Wicklow floor in The Convention Centre and are queering the space for the day to create our biggest ever LGBTQ+ support and services exhibition.

We’ll have stands from a variety of LGBTQ+ support and social groups, so if you’re interested in volunteering, joining a sports or social group or you you’d like to know more about your community come down and meet us. We’ll also have a schedule of workshops, panel discussions and talks scheduled throughout the day.

Location: The Convention Centre Dublin Time: 10.00am to 6.00pm

This is a free event, however, a donation for some of the talks or workshops may apply. To book your free ticket click here. Full details of workshops and talks will be listed in the coming days. If your community group would like to get involved contact community@dublinpride.ie

Find Out More here www.WinterPride.ie

5 things you need to know about Dublin LGBTQ Pride

The Route

We are back at the GPO. This year we are returning to our traditional route down O’Connell Street and ending with a family-friendly event at Merrion Square. Find out more about the parade here.

The Wristbands

We have heard a lot about the wristbands this year but here’s the T. They are just for registered groups to assemble pre-parade. We don’t want thousands of people legging it down O’Connell Street, it’s not the marathon. So in order to keep it safe there are safe colour coded assembly points. But you are welcome to join in once it’s moving. 

The Bags

Any of you festival heads will know it is now standard and required for health and safety to have bags less than A4 size to get into events. 
This will obviously not apply to those of you will medical equipment and children. 

Bring back the bumbag!

The Access

This year we have worked to make pride as accessible as possible. There will be additional accessible toilets. Interprators at all events and a bus available for people with mobility issues to enjoy the parade. There is also a quiet zone in Merrion Square, cause excessive noise isn’t everyone’s buzz. 

The Theme

The theme this year is Rainbow Revolution.  This year is 50 years since the Stonewall Revolution that marked the start of the international Pride movement.  A lot has been done but we’re not finished yet. And sure 50 is only young.

Diplomats for equality

We, the Ambassadors from the Diplomatic Missions of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, the United Kingdom, joined by the European Commission Representation and European Parliament Liaisons Office, express our support for the Dublin Pride festival and will take part as a joint contingent of ‘Diplomats for Equality’ in the Dublin Pride Parade on Saturday 29 June 2019.

We reaffirm our opposition to all forms of discrimination, including on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. International human rights law is grounded on the premise that all individuals are entitled to the same rights and freedoms as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Citizens of all societies, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and related persons (LGBT+), should be able to live freely without fear of violence or discrimination, and play an active part in society. 

Education, raising awareness and dialogue are key tools in overcoming stereotypes and prejudice against LGBT+ persons. More must be done to address ongoing and unacceptable instances of discrimination and/or persecution of LGBT+ persons globally. This includes hate-motivated violence, arbitrary arrest and the application of the death penalty. More than 68 countries still criminalize same-sex conduct between consenting adults. We commit to continuing our work to promote respect and non-discrimination against LGBT+ persons.

We would like to thank the organisers of Dublin Pride 2019.

Tonie Walsh opens up about Ireland’s AIDS crisis

GCN & Irish Queer Archive Founder Tonie Walsh opens up about survivor’s guilt after Ireland’s AIDS crisis

Activist Tonie Walsh speaks to Irish Podcast Grief Encounters about his own memories of Ireland’s AIDS crisis, and how he feels it has been whitewashed out of history. 

The first of its kind in Ireland, Grief Encounters is a weekly podcast series that looks at an issue that affects us all and yet remains so difficult to talk about: grief. Hosted by Venetia Quick and Sasha Hamrogue, the pair look to open up the conversation around loss and create a modern platform for people to share their own experiences, and start open dialogue around the subject of death and all that comes with it.

To celebrate this years pride festival, their latest podcast was dedicated to looking at a passage in time that sadly took the lives of so many of the country’s queer citizens. Ireland’s first AIDS case was diagnosed in 1982, and the mass hysteria and misinformation that was spread during this period ,caused damage that is still prevalent within the community to this day. Tonie Walsh lived through the 80’s and 90’s in Ireland and London, where he saw over 40 of his friends and lovers perish from the disease. “While that was happening, there was just this horror thought of ‘am I going to be next?’ No matter how much I attempt to use safer sec, I’m going to be next on the list… And then you find you survive. And you have to make sense of that survival. There’s a huge amount of survivors guilt involved.”

10 years following the introduction of the ant-retroviral drugs that effectively allowed AIDS/HIV to become a manageable illness, Tonie contracted HIV after being raped. “I have found myself coming HIV positive at a time where it is simply a long term illness, and I can live a normal life. And that added a whole other layer of guilt, and I think I’ve spent the last ten years trying to rationalise that.”

Speaking about the societal stigma attached to the illness Tonie said “ A whole plague esthetic informed peoples hysterical responses. In a post decriminalisation environment its very difficult now to imagine what it was like to be a gay man or woman.” 

Grief Encounters is out every Tuesday and is available to download and stream from iTunes, Spotify and other downloading apps.


ISL Interpretation for Dublin LGBTQ Pride

In order to make Pride as accessible as possible for all of our community, an ISL interpreter will be present for a number of events throughout the festival in 2019.

On Pride Day, June 29th, there will be an Irish Sign Language interpreter at the main stage of Dublin Pride and on the screens. Pre-recorded videos will also be subtitled.

We will have ISL Interpreters at these key events at Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride Festival & Parade. 

  • Tuesday 11th June GPO 6.45pm Launch of Festival.
  • Thursday 20th June Hirschfeld Centre Commemorative Plaque 
    • 10 Fownes Street Dublin 2
    • 18.00-18.30
  • Thursday 20th Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival Opening Event
    • The George 18.45-19.30
  • Tuesday 25th June Dublin Pride Conference
    • Radisson Blu, Golden Lane Dublin 8 
    • 9.30-12.30 & 13.30-16.30 
    • This is all day event and we will supply food/lunch, coffee, etc 
  • Wednesday 26th June NXF Dublin Pride Annual Political Debate
    • HQ, IFSC Dublin 1
    • 18.30-2030 
  • Saturday 29th June Main Stage at Pride Village 2019
    • Merrion Sq Dublin 2
    • 13.30 -19.00

Rainbow Bus Accessibility Iniative r​eturn​s for 2019 Parade

We will be running our Rainbow Bus accessibility initiative again this year, with Dublin Bus once again providing the vehicle.

Anyone who finds it difficult to walk in the Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride parade/march for any reason – be it mobility issues, sensory issues, mental health reasons or otherwise – is welcome aboard the Rainbow Bus!

You can email community@dublinpride.ie for full details on how to reserve your spot. Places are limited, so do get in touch as soon as you can.

Union Cup Dublin 2019 starts this week

Union Cup Dublin 2019, Europe’s biggest LGBT+ inclusive rugby tournament. The two-day tournament will be held this June 8-9th, at Dublin’s DCUwith an expected 45 teams from 15 countries to participate. Union Cup Dublin will host a dedicated women’s tournament for the first time, alongside the men’s.

Nigel Owens, MBE, the current world record holder for most test matches refereed, will take time out of his international rugby and referee at tournament.

The host team, Emerald Warriors RFC, is inviting Ireland, along with the rugby community and visiting teams to #TryWithPride and join them for family-friendly festival vibes, as international teams battle it out on the pitch.

Our website

Tickets available at


  • Facebook page (search for Union Cup Dublin)

100% of proceeds will go to BelongTo


  • €10 Adult, €5 Child (under 2 go free),

Why is Union Cup important?

  • 17% LGBT+ are members of a sports club or teams
  • 55% of LGBT men, 56% women not active enough to maintain good health (compared to 33% / 45% general population)*
  • 84% of gay men, 82% gay women reported experiencing homophobic insults while participating in sports*

GAA to March in 2019 Dublin LGBTQ+ Parade

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has confirmed they will be officially represented in this year’s Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride Festival & Parade.

This will be the first time that there will be an official GAA involvement at Pride and the representation will be led by one of their top inter-county referees, Meath’s David Gough, when Parade takes place on Saturday, June 29 and they walk in the Pride parade.

President of the GAA, John Horan said that the decision to be represented in the festival is an opportunity for the Association to show “solidarity and respect for members of the LGBTQ+ community who make a contribution to our Association.”

“We recently launched a manifesto hailing the GAA as Where We All Belong. This is one way of living up to that assertion, of actions speaking louder than words.

“The challenge for our Association at all times is to be relevant and to try our best to positively reflect society.

“The GAA has a huge presence in Irish life and I am delighted that the Association is committed to making such a positive difference by ensuring that inclusion is prominent in how we operate.”

The news comes as the first openly gay Gaelic football referee, David Gough spoke about his experience within the GAA on RTE’s The Late Late Show last night.

David Gough Co. Meath man welcomed the news after he has spoken openly in recent years about homophobic abuse he has experienced within the sport.

“Since 2015 up to now, [the GAA] have done a huge amount to change their attitudes towards inclusivity and LGBT+ rights, and that has been brought on by the sitting President, John Horan.

“As a result of our discussions, Eddie McGuinness the Pride Manager of the Pride Festival & parade extended an invitation to the GAA and for the first time in the 36 year history of Pride march, the GAA has accepted the invitation to walk in the Pride parade.”

Will St Leger will be the Grand Marshall of 2019 Parade

Dublin Pride is happy to announce veteran LGBT+ rights activist and noted Irish Queer Artist Will St Leger as the Grand Marshall of 2019’s parade and festival.

The theme of this year’s Pride festival is ‘Rainbow Revolution’.

Speaking about this year’s theme, the Dublin Pride Team said: “2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and thus the birth of the modern LGBT+ rights movement.In the words of Stormé DeLarverie. “It was a rebellion, it was an uprising, it was a civil rights disobedience. It wasn’t no damn riot.”

A former Greenpeace activist St Leger has been involved in activism for many years.

In 2009, St Leger co founded an LGBT+ direct action group, ‘Equals’.

On 25 June 2009, the group staged a direct action at entrance of the Dáil in Dublin.

The group demonstrated their discontent with what they see as the inequality in the Civil Partnerships Bill 2009, by chaining themselves to the gates of the building. St Leger climbed onto the pillars of gates and remained there for over 2 hours and was subsequently arrested by police.

In more recent activism, St Leger is an outspoken member of ACT UP Dublin, lobbying and advocating for comprehensive sexual health services and demanding fair and open access to PrEP.

Festival Director Jed Dowling said:

“I remember 10 years ago about a dozen of us standing at the gates of the Dáil, and looking up and watching Will stand on the pillar and realising I’m about to follow him into hell, and hoping he knew the way back out. This time we’re only going from the GPO to Merrion Square, still there’s no one I’d rather have lead the way.”

Will St. Leger said:

“Pride is whatever you make it. If Pride means joining your friends and wearing something fabulous, do it. If it means wearing an activist tee-shirt and chanting, do it. If it means bringing your partner and kids to stroll along and enjoy the sights and sounds, do it. Pride is a mix of the personal and the political. Never let anyone tell what Pride should be.”

Theme and dates for Dublin LGBTQ Pride 2019 Announced

Welcome to 2019! After our amazing 2018 festival, we are delighted to announce that Dublin LGBTQ Pride will return this summer from June 20th to 29th, with parade day taking place on Saturday, June 28th 2019.

This year will be a huge year for the LGBTQ movement as we celebrate 50 years since the historic Stonewall Riots, an important point in our history considered by many to be the birth of the modern LGBTQ rights movement.

We will have lots of announcements and news to share with you in the coming months so make sure to check in here and to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest information.