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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 24-year old vandal who scrawled hateful and homophobic messages on the outer walls of one of Ireland's best known gay bars The George has been acquitted of all charges. 

The bar and club, which has maintained its place on South Georges Street, Dublin since 1987, was defaced with homophobic slurs.

The suspect from Finglas was acquitted on a number of technicalities, reports The Irish Times. 

 

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When he was arrested, he allegedly admitted his crimes to Gardai. However, there was no Garda witness who authorised the interview in which he confessed. 

Berkeley pleaded not guilty to the charge of criminal damage. 

The offensive language included the use of the term 'f*****,' with the phrase 'f****** out' scrawled across the door of the venue. 

He also has a number of previous charges, including the possession of knives and an imitation fire arm, according to The Irish Times.

'In general this is quite a shocking incident as that area of Dublin in mostly quite safe and LGBTQ friendly,' said No Hate Speech Irelandspokesperson Ian McGahon.

'In the graffiti they used the swastika, this is particularly disturbing given that that thousands of gay men were sent to their death in the Nazi Germany concentration camps.'

'The graffiti used was abusive and is certainly homophobic in using the Nazi symbols and also the terminology 'f****** out.' 

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Ah The George, a fine establishment in which to dance, drink and maybe even dabble in drag. 

Every now and again, the Dublin institution is turned into a completely fabulous market, and the next one in the diary is full of festive cheer. 

A Fabulous Christmas Market is making its way to The George on December 3, and we're already excited. 

 

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The event will be free entry and is totally family friendly. 

The market will play host to a wide variety of vendors, so whether you're looking for tapas, trinkets or toys you're in the right place. 

According to the event description, the Fabulous Market promises to showcase a variety or designers, creators and makers from all over Ireland. 

 

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There will also be a full bar in swing, as well as cakes and coffee available for mid-shopping snackers.

The market will run from 12 noon to 6pm, so make sure you get in to snap up a stunning, unique item. 

Whether it's an Xmas present for a loved one or you're just in the mood to treat 'yoself, this is the perfect place to hunt down a true treasure.

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A 23-year-old man charged over the homophobic graffiti attack at The George last week has been granted bail with strict conditions. 

Homophobic slurs and Nazi symbols were scrawled across the doors of the bar with chalk last Saturday morning. 

According to The Independent, Eoin Berkeley of Finglas Dublin 11, has been warned to stay away from the popular bar on South Great George's Street.

He must also sign on daily at his local Garda station, reside at his current address, notify gardaí of any change of address, and "be of sober habits and be of good behaviour".

He appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday charged with criminal damage and has not yet indicated how he will plead. 

Mr Berkeley is due to appear in court on July 4. 

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We were pretty shocked to the iconic LGBT bar The George vandalised this weekend.

And now, man in his 20s has been arrested for defacing the bar with homophobic slurs.

As well as the homophobic slurs, Nazi symbols were also written in chalk on the walls of The George yesterday morning.

Gardaí picked up a man over the graffiti earlier today.

He's being held at Pearse Street Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

According to the No Hate Speech Ireland group, the incident could be treated 'as homophobic in it's intent' under the Incitement to Hatred Act 1989.

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Last night the iconic LGBT bar The George was vandalised.

The bar and club, which has maintained its place on South Georges Street, Dublin since 1987, was defaced with homophobic slurs.

According to the No Hate Speech Ireland group, the incident could be treated 'as homophobic in it's intent' under the Incitement to Hatred Act 1989.

'In general this is quite a shocking incident as that area of Dublin in mostly quite safe and LGBTQ friendly,' said No Hate Speech Ireland spokesperson Ian McGahon.

'In the graffiti they used the swastika, this is particularly disturbing given that that thousands of gay men were sent to their death in the Nazi Germany concentration camps.'

'The graffiti used was abusive and is certainly homophobic in using the Nazi symbols and also the terminology 'f****** out.' 

'It could certainly be registered on the Garda pulse recording system as homophobic in it's intent.'

'In general there have been very very few prosecutions under the incitement to hatred act 1989.'

'No Hate Speech movement Ireland would support this type of crime to be punished under hate crime legislation.'

The No Hate Speech Movement Ireland is coordinated by the National Youth Council of Ireland

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Last night, on the anniversary of the Marriage Equality referendum, the iconic LGBT bar The George was vandalised.

The bar and club, which has maintained its place on South Georges Street, Dublin since 1987, was defaced with homophobic slurs.

The offensive language included the use of the term 'f*****,' with the phrase 'f****** out' scrawled across the door of the venue. 

The hateful language was accompanied by etchings of swastikas. 

The bar opened eight years before homosexuality was legalised in Ireland, and this weekend intended to host celebrations for the second anniversary of the Yes Equality referendum. 

'Gardaí in Pearse Street are investigating this incident,' a Gardaí spokesperson confirmed. 

Twitter has been responding to the vandalism: 

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We do love our pub crawls in Ireland, and Christmas time isn't the only time of the year you can do one, you know.

So, one Reddit user decided to put together the ultimate pub crawl in Dublin.

The user, tyr, came up with the handiest way to reach most bars, so, starting from J O'Connell's on Richmond Street, he made a straight line all the way down to the George on George's Street where you finish your night.

There's over 25 bars and pubs to get through though, so you'd either want to start very early, or skip a few.

Either way, it'll make for an interesting night out.

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