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Dublin Pride is FINALLY here and the glitter-filled excitement has been building up to this epic weekend of incredible parties and rainbow parades.

Despite a bit of frustration as to why the Gardaí and PSNI are marching in the parade this year and conflict over 'pink-washing' and rainbow capitalism; it remains a time of equality, inclusion and empowered love.

The events this year have an even higher demand than ever before, and with good weather upon is, town will be absolutely buzzing for the next two days.

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With the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rising this year, the meaning behind this vital month in the rainbow calendar is peak emotional.

So the question is; Where should you get your freak on? Here's a compact list for all our LGBTQ+ folk.   

First of all, you HAVE to attend the Outhouse Cafe on Capel Street for your beginners breakfast before the parade. It's from 9am to 1pm, and has free entry.

1. Mother Pride Block Party: Saturday June 29, 4pm – 11pm


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This is set to be one of the biggest Pride events happening in Dublin this weekend, and the annual Mother Pride party is back with a huge bang.

Since the tragic closure of staple nightclub District 8, the Mother Pride Block Party have decided to host at Collins Barracks this year at the National Museum of Ireland.

The stellar lineup features Lean On singer MØ, Pillow Queens, Daithí, Panti Bliss, Paul Ryder and many more, so infectious energy and bangin' tunes are both guaranteed.

An after-party in The Grand Social will also take place, but get ready to grab your tickets ASAP as the demand is high.

2. Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride Parade, Saturday June 29, 1pm


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The main event of the season, the star of the show, the burst of colour. 

The parade is let by the grand marshall and tireless LGBTQ+ advocate Will St. Leger, and will kick off in the city centre at 1pm.

It begins at the Garden of Remembrance and moves down O'Connell Street, then makes it's way along Eden Quay past Liberty Hall, across the Liffey at Talbot Memorial Bridge, down Lombard Street and Westland Row and finally ends at Merrion Square.

The Pride Village at Merrion Square takes place from 12pm onwards with food vendors, community areas, face painters, a Pride shop, children's play areas and much more.

3. Rainbow Revolution Trail: Running from June 28 for the year free of charge


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The National Museum of Ireland is unveiling some of the most memorable artefacts in LGBTQ+ history in Ireland from today, with items going on display in honour of Pride celebrations.

The incredible items include 'Panti’s dress' – worn by Panti Bliss when delivering her famous ‘Noble Call’ speech in the Abbey Theatre in 2014, and the wedding dresses of Minister Katherine Zappone and her wife Ann Louise Gilligan.

The Rainbow Flag used by activist Conor Kelly to counter protest against extreme pro-life groups demonstrating outside Irish hospitals during the Repeal the 8th Campaign last year will also be shown.

The Rainbow Revolution Trail launched through the Collins Barracks site to emphasise noteworthy members of the LGBTQ+ community from early history to the present day.

Beautiful and historical video footage, photos and tales from public and private archival collections will be involved.

4. Pride Day at The George and Closing Party at The George, 12pm


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Dublin's oldest LGBTQ+ bar and nightclub will host their very own Pride day and it's set to be amazing. Gok Wan will be there on Friday night DJ-ing, so there'll be some top tunes bouncing off the walls.

The George is a momentous aspect of Irish culture, and they always know how to throw a party. They'll be hosting Pride Day from 12pm with some unforgettable drag shows kicking off.

To top off the weekend of Pride celebrations, Dublin drag queen Shirley Temple Bar is hosting bingo night at The George (their usual Sunday vibe).

Shirley’s bingo night is Ireland's longest running weekly drag show, and they've got a snowball prize to be won on the night so it's set to be unmissable.

5. Street 66 Discotheque, Friday at 10pm/Street 66 Pride & Love, Saturday June 29, 12pm


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Parliament Street favourite Street 66 (formerly The Front Lounge) are hosting some very special Pride celebrations on Friday from 10pm and Saturday from 12pm; 'Discotheque' and 'Pride & Love'.

Special guests for Friday's 'Discotheque' night include Pixie Woo and 1980s and 1990s disco hits mixed with all time pop classics are on the music menu.

The most well-known and loved Pride anthems will be booming from the DJ booth at 'Pride & Love' on Saturday night, and the bar has just launched it's own limited edition Stonewall Beer to mark 50 years since the Stonewall Riots.

They want to remind everyone exactly why Pride came about, while offering a grand oul' time too, of course. 

6. Mockie Ah: Dublin Pride Vogue Ball, Workmans, Friday June 28


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The biggest drag family in Ireland are bringing their Vogue Ball to Dublin tonight, hosted by Candy Warhol.

Sponsored by Dublin Vintage Factory, Workman's will host Mockie Ah and a massive lineup of special guest DJs, judges and performers.

Categories include: Butch Queen (First Time In Drag), Club Kids, Executive Realness, Opulence / Evening Wear, Body Positivity, Voguing, a secret round and the final round.

If you want to enter the competition, email puremockieah@gmail.com. Tickets are €10 and doors open at 11.30pm.

7. Panti Bar and Penny Lane Street Party, Saturday June 29


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Panti Bliss has only just recently opened the sister bar to Panti Bar, Penny Lane, and it's gorgeous.

On Saturday, the two bars will host a street party of the ages from 2pm in Dublin city centre.

8. Grace #4- Queer Rave, Saturday June 29, 11pm, The Sound House


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This is genuinely techno heaven for the gays. The new rave parties hosted by Grace have a no phone policy, and it's strictly for dancing to your heart's content only and living in the moment.

Their fourth rave takes place at the Sound House on 28 Eden Quay this Saturday, starting at 11pm.

Enjoy the greatest gay weekend of the whole year, and we hope you feel more loved and empowered than ever before.

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The most colourful event on Ireland's festival calender has just released even more acts for their stellar line-up, as well as the day by day breakdown and day ticket sales.

Love Sensation is being organised by the team who gifted us with Mother and Pride Block Party, purely to create a music festival for the LGBTQ+ community and their many rainbow-themed allies.

Even more hype was generated after some incredible headliners were announced, and artists like Lily Allen, Gossip, Clean Bandit, MØ, Daithí, Naomi Smalls, Kelis and Pillow Queens will be taking to the stage. 


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Love Sensation have now announced even more acts, and we're overwhelmed by the sheer talent.

With Queen of Ireland Panti Bliss hosting, it's set to be a glittery, energetic extravaganza. Drag is an important aspect of Love Sensation's atmosphere, which prides itself on fun and inclusion.

Names like Le Galaxie, Jenny Greene, Sink the Pink DJs, Shirley Temple Bar, Sing Along Social, Drag Aerobics, Miss Kate, Regina George, Paul Ryder and Phil T Gorgeous have been added to the musical ballot.

Love Sensation will take place at Royal Hospital Kilmainham on the weekend of August 17 and 18. It's the premier event in music for the queer community, so we're not surprised that they've secured such legendary artists to support them.

Summer has never seen such colour, we cannot WAIT for all the Drag Race alumni to blaze a trail on the Irish queer festival stage.

Day tickets are priced at €65.70 (including booking fee) are currently on sale online, as of Wednesday, May 22 at 9am. 

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Panti Bliss has become a beloved figure to the people of Ireland, and indeed the world, and now she may just become the President of our country.

The man behind the Queen, Rory O'Neill, wrote a tell-all book with entertainment writer Alan Murphy called Beyond The Spotlight, and in a excerpt, Panti revealed that running for President is something she would consider in the future.

"In fairness, I think I would be a good value President. I could do some things as Rory and some as Panti.

"You'd get two Presidents for the price of one.

"And I think I have the main criteria – I make a pretty decent speech and I pose very well in photographs. So really I think I am highly qualified."

Panti is the Queen of Ireland, afterall!



Congratulations to Panti Bliss, she has been voted as one of Time's top 100 most influential people.

And she was high on the list too, coming in at no. 29 and beating out the likes of Rihanna.

The activist took to Facebook to confirm the news: “So voting is closed on the TIME 100 poll, and bizarrely I came in at #29 (suck it, Vladimir Putin!),” she wrote.

“That doesn’t mean I’ll actually be on their list though because that’s decided by the magazine’s editorial board, not the public, but I feel like it might at least get me an invite to the party, right?

“If it does, I’ll need a date. I’ll be taking applications. Unless Zayn decides to come with me… in which case, applications closed.”

We're delighted with this news. 



No one was more surprised than Panti Bliss after she discovered she was on the shortlist to feature in TIME Magazine's top 100 most influential people in the world for this year. 

And not only is the Irish queen on the list, but she's doing extremely well in the public vote which sees her ranking higher than the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Mark Zuckerberg and Taylor Swift. 

Panti is listed on the site as being: "one of Ireland's most prominent advocates for LGBT rights ahead of the country's historic 2015 vote in favour of same-sex marriage."

"Since, Bliss has become a global champion for equality."

And in true Panti Bliss form, the queen has had a pretty gas reaction to the news on social media. 

Even though J.K has since surpassed Panti in the poll, it it still an incredible feat for the author and personality. 

Panti, whose real name is Rory O' Neill, is one 127 people from around the world that were handpicked to make the list, with the official 100 being decided by a public vote. 

And her reaction to reports that she had '"topped Mark Zuckerberg in the poll" was also totally on point. 

Nothing gets past this savvy queen! 


While we got wind that Nicky Byrne is heading to Stolkholm in May and chatted to him about the song, it seems that Ireland's favourite drag queen also wants to be involved in the Eurovision this year.

Panti Bliss took to Twitter to nominate herself to take on Nicky's former role in the contest. 

The Westlife singer was responsible for presenting Ireland's voting results live during the final last year. 

And because Nicky will actually be IN the show this year, Panti would like to give it a whirl. 

"Now that Nicky Byrne is singing for Ireland, I can't imagine who RTE might get to do the Irish results instead…," said the queen on social media. 

While the role usually goes to an RTE presenter, we HOPE the national broadcaster gives Panti a go. 

Not only do we reckon she would SLAY it, but we know Eurovision appreciates a talented drag artist (sure, Conchita Wurst won the whole thing in 2014). 

AND it looks like Nicky reckons she could pull off the gig no problem. 

"I’m sure you could fill my shoes, although they might be a bit flat for you," he wrote. 


U2 have been rocking out in Dublin all week long, with many famous faces joining the lads for a few laughs. 

Actor Matt Damon came over to see U2 play their homecoming tour gig and Colin Farrell was also seen at one of the concerts during the week.

Ireland's sweetheart Amy Huberman even made an appearance with her hubby, Brian O'Driscol. 

But last night, more celebs joined the boys for a selfie on stage. Imelda May and Panti Bliss were welcomed to the e stage and there was clearly a lot of banter among them. 

All we want to know is how can we get an invite?!



This lovely story has officially restored our faith in humanity!

Panti Bliss shared a story from another friend on Facebook last night and it has since gone viral, for good reason.

A customer was in Spar on Dublin’s Baggot Street when they were met with homophobic slurs from fellow customers. Overhearing the slurs used, the employee behind the counter refused to serve the two people responsible for the disgraceful behaviour – what a win!

Four wins for you, Spar Guy – you go Spar Guy!

Update: Since the story of Spar Guy went viral yesterday, it would appear that Panti's friend Colm has been experiencing not only support, but a lot of abuse too. Panti updated the story on her Facebook page, which you can see here:

We hope Colm only pays attention to the support he is receiving and doesn't give the trolls the attention they want.