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We are searching for a Project Coordinator for our Sustainable Seisiuns Project

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Seisun is the Gaelic word for session, which in Ireland means a social gathering of people with a common interest. The London Irish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Network would like to manage and deliver a project that brings together Irish LGBT people living in London. The project aims to celebrate the diversity of the community as well as address issues and concerns faced by members of our community through social, community and cultural engagement. If you are interested in this position or know someone who this would be perfect for then please send your CV of no more than two pages of A4 marked 'Application' to londonirishlgbtnetwork@gmail.com. Please ensure you include any qualifications, skills, job history (including voluntary) in…

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New Co-Chairs, Officers and Committee members elected at AGM

Friday, November 4th, 2016

On Thursday 27 October the London Irish LGBT Network held it's second AGM at Camden Town Hall. The 30 or so attendees were treated to a discussion of the ramifications of the summers BREXIT vote by David from New Europeans. Irish in Britain and the Association of Mixed Race Irish were both represented as observers. Further details of the new lottery funded project were announced, a project manager will soon be recruited. After which the formal business took place, which included the resignations of both Co-Chairs, Ann O'Donoghue and Bernard Lynch and the election of new officers. The new Co-Chairs elected on the night were existing committee members Cecily Maher and (former Secretary) Joseph Healy. Nigel Harris has kindly remained…

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1916 Event Photos

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

1916 Outsiders and Allies: Challenging Presumptions of Heterosexuality

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

With a packed house and engaged attendees, our 1916 Centenary event celebrating the lives and works of Eva Gore Booth and Roger Casement was a tremendous success. Both were singular individuals who transgressed the parameters of their time. Eva Gore Booth lived in a committed lesbian relationship with her partner Esther Roper for thirty years until her death in 1926. She was a feminist, prominent campaigner for women's suffrage and gender equality who uncompromisingly followed her ethical conscience. We were delighted to have, as our guest speaker, Sonja Tiernan, whose meticulous research has been instrumental in casting light on the extraordinary life and achievements of Gore Booth, eclipsed by her more famous sister Countess Markievicz, and, as a woman, overlooked and…

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90,000 people line streets for St Patrick's Day

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

The Network had a hugely successful outing at the London St Patrick's Festival last Sunday. The numbers marching with us increased significantly and included a first outing for our new banner. We were also joined by noted Irish human rights campaigner and Director of Amnesty International Ireland, Colm O'Gorman as well as an openly gay candidate for the Senate, Barry Johnston. We were also joined by members of Camden LGBT Forum. Our new bright t-shirts and tops with our logo at the front and Irish and Proud (in the colours of the rainbow flag) went down a treat and were requested to be worn by many people at the festival. Our stall in Trafalgar Square was mobbed all day and many…

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A Poetry Night for LGBT History Month

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

A large crowd gathered in London Irish Centre on February 3rd to celebrate LGBT History Month and the first public event organised by the London Irish LGBT Network. This was a poetry evening co-organised by Camden LGBT Forum and part of the Forum's range of events for LGBT History Month which hosts the largest number of History Month events in Europe. The poets were the veteran lesbian playwright and poet, Maureen Duffy, who wrote the ground breaking lesbian novel 'The Microcosm' as long ago as 1966 - she remains an iconic literary figure for many LGBT people and is proud of her Irish background. The second poet was the Co Tyrone born Cath Brogan, who is well known in London as…

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Our October AGM 2015

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

A packed AGM was held in the offices of the Camden LGBT Forum in October 2015. It had been a helter skelter of a year since we had met to set up a new group for Irish LGBT people living in London. We had believed that the last such group was in the 80s but someone at the AGM pointed out that it had been in the 90s and was called Amach Linn. However, for 20 years there had been nothing. Our guest speaker was Nigel Harris, the Director of Camden LGBT Forum, who have proved to be real supporters and friends. Nigel spoke about the importance of LGBT spaces in London and the impact of their loss. The Camden Forum…

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Poets, Priests and Druids

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

The Cauldron, or in Christian terms, the Grail, is a central recurring motif in Celtic Mythology. The vessel is a symbol of the inexhaustible resources of the spirit, forever renewing itself, whether it be the hidden spirit that animates all matter, or, in psychological terms, an energy in the depths of the mind that, if developed, can free us from dependence on the body and the tyranny of historical fact. With recitings of poetry from Yeats to Boland and Heaney, together with poets Maureen Duffy Cat Brogan and Joseph Healy from London Irish LGBT Network¬†and others will take you on a mystical journey, forcing us, like those ancient Celtic faces carved in stone, to look backwards and forwards…

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