Gay Guide Ireland

The age of consent is 17 for homosexuals as for heterosexuals in Ireland. On the 19th of July, 2010 the President of Ireland, Mrs. Mary McAleese, signed the Civil Partnership Act. The law means for many thousand of men and women a strengthening and security of their civil rights. The referendum on the introduction of marriage for homosexuals in May 2015 received worldwide attention. It was the first time that a referendum in a country endorsed the opening of marriage for all. The results in this deeply Catholic country were surprisingly clear and brought about broad political and social debates in many larger western countries which have refuse the opening of marriage so far. This success for LGBT rights is tinged with sadness as adoption rights for homosexual remain to be denied. An annual Gay Pride Festival takes place in Dublin, Cork and Galway as well as the famous gay and lesbian Film Festival every August bank holiday in Dublin. Also the annual Alternative Miss Ireland competition is held in Dublin where the winners of regional heats battle it out for the crown. Held in March each year, this is the highlight of the gay calendar and the event is hosted by Ireland's leading drag artiste Panti. A lively gay scene has developed in Dublin and Cork and be sure to check out the infamous drag shows in The George bar in Dublin.

Cities in Ireland

CorkDublinLimerickWaterford

Name: Éire · Irland · Irlande · Irlanda
Location: West Europe in North Atlantic Ocean
Initials: IRL
International country code: 353 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 00
Language: Irish (Gaelic) and English
Area: 70,273 km² / 21,137 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Euro (€) = 100 Cents
Population: 4,589,000
Capital: Dublin / Baile Átha Cliath
Religions: 83% Roman Catholic, 3% Anglican
Climate: Summers are warm (Jul-Aug). Many places in small towns close from Oct-Mar (until Easter).
Important gay cities: Dublin