RIP Ruairi McAleese

RIP Our friend and committee member, Ruairi McAleese (centre)
RIP Our friend and committee member, Ruairi McAleese (centre)

London Irish LGBT Network are saddened and shocked to learn of the death of our friend and committee member, Ruairi McAleese. Ruairi had been very ill and died in hospital where he had been since August.

Ruairi became actively involved in our LGBT Network as soon as he joined three years ago; He immediately joined the committee. Ruairi used his legal and financial expertise to put our LGBT Network on a secure legal and financial basis. Ruairi was indispensable in keeping our network going.
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Friends of Rio Rita’s by Colm Clifford // October 19th in Lewisham

Friends of Rio Ritas _

You may remember that last year, we had quite a successful reading of Colm Clifford’s (Colm Ó Clubhán) play ‘Friends of Rio Rita’s‘.

We’re delighted to tell you that you will have another opportunity to join us for a staged reading of Colm’s play with actors Martin Galligan and William Forde and will be directed by Stephen Gee.
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Date for AGM set // October 28th


The date for our AGM has been set.

Our AGM will be held at 1830 on October 28th at Innisfree Housing, 190 Iverson Rd, West Hampstead, London NW6 2HL (Map here)

If you are Irish and #LGBTQ come along and hear what we’re up to and we are planning in the year ahead. Maybe you would even like to get involved! Now’s your chance!

This year we walked in the St Patrick’s Day and Pride Parades, hosted a Galop information evening, co-hosted a short film night with Opening Doors and went for cake and coffee with forum+.

Do join us on the night, as well as the business stuff, there will be some refreshments!

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London Irish LGBT and Opening Doors Film Night and Social

LGBT Filmnight


We are delighted to be teaming up with our friends from Opening Doors London for a special night of short films with Q&A and a social.

Logo of Opening Doors London

Join us on September 16th from 6pm for a social, followed by the screening of two award winning short films at 6.45pm, and finishing at 8pm.

This is a free event, however booking is required. You can book your tickets here. We’d love to see you!

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Pride in London // Photos

London Irish LGBT Network at London Pride

London’s Pride took place on July 6th, this year had an added poignancy as it’s the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

We had great craic on the day and thanks so much for all the interactions on Facebook, Twitter and in real life, along the parade route, on the day. I hope you all had as much fun as we had!

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London Irish LGBT Network welcomes Westminster Vote on Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland

a rainbow over a field of crops

The London Irish LGBT Network welcomes the vote by Parliament in Westminster to extend marriage equality to Northern Ireland by October 21st, if power sharing has not been restored by then.

Our conference on LGBT Equality & Ireland last November, addressed the need for equal marriage in Northern Ireland. It was attended by Conor McGinn, Labour MP for St Helens, who tabled the motion and Clare Moore from Love Equality. We would like to extend our congratulations to those who have worked so hard for marriage equality in Northern Ireland and now look forward to having equal marriage extended to all parts of the British Isles.

Equal marriage is another step forward in solidarity and support for the LGBTQ+ community and diversity.