Galway Pride: Annual LGBT+ celebrations kick off in Galway
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Galway Pride: Annual LGBT+ celebrations kick off in Galway

PRIDE WEEK has begun in Galway for the city’s annual LGBT+celebrations.

The week-long festivities began yesterday with the iconic raising of the Rainbow flag in the city centre, followed by a launch party in the iconic Róisín Dubh pub.

Today’s (14 August) events will include a celebration of the Irish language, with a pop-up Gaeltacht taking pride of place in the city’s LGBT+ resource centre, Teach Solais (Lighthouse in English).

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Wide-ranging events, panels and entertainment will be held across Galway city this week, with everything from Comedy Nights, Céilís, Tea Parties, Family Fun Days, Dog Shows and a River Cruise on the cards for the historic event.

The Pride Parade will begin on Saturday from 1.30pm at City Hall and is set to be one of the country’s biggest, brightest and best, with Galway known for its artistic talent and myriad of fantastic parades throughout the year.

The week’s events will coincide with the launch of Galway’s newest literary offering, LadyBUG: a zine featuring writing from queer women, set up by Galway-based writers Hayley Little and Lisa Cannon.

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The idea for the zine, whose first issue will be released this week and available to buy for €2 at Teach Solais, was hatched at the resource centre’s monthly queer women’s group, and the proceeds will go back into the maintenance of the Teach Solais charity.

Demonstrators across Ireland are now preparing to head West for the week, and the buzz across the city is palpable for one of the country’s last Pride events of the summer.

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