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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Podcast // Our Story: Episode 4 – Susan’s Story

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In Episode 4 of Our Story, we speak to Susan. Susan is second generation Irish, their Mum was from Co. Tipperary. Their Irish family background had a major influence on their upbringing in Surrey.

Susan is Chair of Lewisham LGBT Forum and is married and has a son.

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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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Event Report // Radical Politics, the 8th, and LGBT activism in Republic of Ireland 1973-90

Friday 20th July 2018

On a balmy Friday evening in Camden’s historic London Irish Centre, the London Irish LGBT Network gathered to hear Fulbright Scholar, Maurice J. Casey speak on the intersectional movements of radical politics in the Republic of Ireland which laid the bedrock for this decade’s two ground-breaking referendum results. The marriage equality referendum in 2015, and repeal referendum in 2018 have been heralded by many as the dawning of a new era of a pluralist, modern, secular Ireland, but Casey guided us through the underpinnings of this which were visible from the early eighties. Using the examples of four protest placards from what Maurice Casey called ‘Ireland’s first intersectional protest’, the Fairview Park Protest which occurred in response to the homophobic murder of Declan Flynn in late 1982, the participants were walked through elements of radical politics which were visible and began the decades-long struggle for both LGBT equality and bodily autonomy which came so prominently into the public eye with the 2015 and 2018 referendum campaigns.

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Podcast // Our Story: Episode 3 – Joseph’s Story

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For episode 3 of Our Story, we spoke to our Chairman, Joseph about his life. Joseph has lived in London for many years and in this podcast recalls what Dublin was like for a gay man around the time of the murders of Declan Flynn and Charles Self.

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Podcast // Our Story – Episode 2: Derek’s Story

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In this episode of Our Story, we chat to Derek. Derek was born in Dublin in the 1970’s and has lived outside Ireland all of his adult life.

This is a podcast series where we speak to members of the London Irish LGBTQ community. We feel that it is important to document our lives, our experiences and our history. Even more so now when more and more things in life are transient.

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Podcast // Our Story – Episode 1: Nick’s Story

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We’ve finally made it! Let’s us introduce you to ‘Our Story – our history, our lives from Ireland to London.

This is a podcast series where we speak to members of the London Irish LGBTQ community. We feel that it is important to document our lives, our experiences and our history. Even more so now when more and more things in life are transient.

If you’re Irish, in London and a member of the LGBTQ community we would love to chat to you. Don’t worry, you can be anonymous, we won’t reveal your name. You can get in touch our contact page or through Facebook or Twitter.

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