Chair’s Report 2017-2018

On October 30th at our AGM, our 2018 Chair, Joseph Healy, gave his report for the year.

The Network is now entering its fifth year, sixth if you include the year we spent establishing it. Over that time it has had its highpoints and low points. A year ago, having gone through a difficult period we faced many challenges but with the support of our stalwart supporter, Innisfree Housing, we have weathered the storm and have just had one of our most successful years yet. A number of new committee members joined last year, including several young people, and we also gained the expertise of Sean Hutton, a veteran campaigner in the Irish community in Britain.

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Join us for our AGM on October 30th

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Our AGM will be held on October 30th at The Cafe at The Bridge, 73 – 81 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0NQ 6.30pm Drinks refreshments 7pm Meeting.(Map and Instructions here)

If you are Irish and #LGBTQ come along and hear what we’re up to and we are planning in the year ahead.

This year we have marched in London Pride and the London St Patrick’s Festival organised a play reading of the work of a young gay Irish playwright who died in London of AIDS in the 80s and held a talk by a rising young historian about the history of the radical LGBTQ movement in Ireland and their involvement with the campaign against the 8th Amendment in 1983.

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Conference // LGBT Equality & Ireland – Past and Present

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Join us on November 1st for a conference brought to you in conjunction with Irish in Britain, entitled ‘LGBT Equality & Ireland – Past and Present’

This conference will examine two main issues central to the Irish LGBTQ community in Britain – marriage equality in Northern Ireland and the history and role of Irish LGBTQ people in Britain over the decades.

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Photos // Friends of Rio Rita by Colm Clifford

There was a fantastic turnout for the reading of Colm Clifford’s ‘Friends of Rio Rita’.

Special thanks to all the gang at Lewisham Irish Centre for allowing us to host the event in Lewisham and also for making us feel so welcome, much appreciated. Thanks must also go to the tireless Stephe Melloy from Lewisham LGBT Forum for helping us organise the event.

The event was the brainchild of our secretary, John Lloyd and we must thank the executors of Colm’s estate for allowing us to use his work and also for attending the event.

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Event: Friends of Rio Rita by Colm Clifford

Friends of Rio Rita

London Irish LGBT Network are holding a reading of the play, “Rio Rita” at the Lewisham Irish Centre on Saturday 15th Sept at 4pm followed by a social.

Friends of Rio Rita was written by Colm Clifford aka Colm O’Clubhan Colm died in 1989 from AIDS.

Before his death, Colm was awarded the Hennessy Prize for writing.

Thanks to Lewisham Irish Centre for the use of the venue and Lewisham LGBT Forum for their co-operation. Entry is free.

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London Irish LGBT Network // Call for Trustees

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To help us to achieve our aims and ensure the organisation is effectively managed, we are searching for dynamic and inspiring new members to join our Board of Trustees. Your input will help determine the focus and direction of the organisation, enabling it to best serve the Irish LGBT community in London.

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