'I think the world has changed rather than me'

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Panti. Photo:- Conor Hogan.

The world - or at least the Western world - is a very different place now in July to what it was in May. In the space of around six weeks, Ireland became the first State where same-sex marriage was endorsed by the public through a referendum - kickstarting calls in Germany and Australia for the same; while the United States voted to approve gay marriage following a Supreme Court decision.

Rory O'Neill, aka Panti Bliss, the drag queen and entertainer, who by virtue of the 'Panti-gate' controversy became a spokesperson for gay rights in Ireland and a pivotal figure in the drive for marriage equality, was in Canada when he heard that gay marriage had become legal in south of the border.

"I was in Toronto for the Pride festival when we heard," Rory tells me during our Monday morning interview. "It was great news, but in Canada they've had gay marriage for about 10 years, so it would have been even more fun to have been in New York. I had just been to New York to stage my show High Heels In Low Places, and eveybody knew the Supreme Court decision was coming. They were waiting for it."


News

Supermac’s makes submission to OHIM in significant EU Trademark case

Supermac’s Managing Director Pat McDonagh travelled to Alicante today to personally deliver to the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) Supermac’s submission in the objection lodged by McDonald’s against the company. The submission follows McDonald’s objection to Supermac’s application to have their company name trademark registered across the EU.

A snackbox pictured last night, just before it was demolished...obviously.

What's On

Sci-fi novels inspire environmentally themed exhibition

THE BEST science-fiction writers do not just write about fantastical worlds in far flung galaxies, their work, be it that of HG Wells, Philip K Dick, or Arthur C Clarke, reflects on the contemporary world, and looks deeply at how technology and society may develop in the future.

Detail from Deep Space (2015). Colour photograph by Martin Healy.

Property

Property Report

How has the property market been for you Jan-May 2015? Austin McInerney: "Hectic with a significant return of buyer confidence, property sales have increased to a level not seen for years - coupled with a severe shortage of supply making it a very competitive market indeed. Property priced according to the current market should be sale agreed within one month or less."


Sport

United survive cup test, but now face Cork in tricky league assignment

Fortunate to survive a tricky test from North End United in the FAI Cup, Galway United are back in Eamonn Deacy Park tomorrow evening when they host Cork City in the SSE Aitricity League premier division.

Galway United’s Jason Molloy  and North End’s Robin Dempsey in action from the FAI Cup game at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday.                 Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

Motors

How much are you paying for your car finance?

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of consumers in Ireland with a car loan have no idea what interest rate they are paying on their motoring finance, according to research recently released by Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Group Ireland CEO, Lars Himmer, pictured with Volkswagen Ambassador Catherine Fulvio at Volkswagen Headquarters in Liffey Valley.

Business

Sligo underdogs ambush Roscommon

A fellow attendee, (a man clearly) was telling me last Saturday afternoon at a wedding in the Ardilaun Hotel in Galway that Niall Carew’s Sligo team were available at 7/1 in some bookies. 


Lifestyle

Award winning chef Stefan Matz launches new concept restaurant at Delphi Adventure Resort & Spa

Delphi Adventure Resort & Spa is celebrating the launch of The Chef’s Table, a concept restaurant created by newly appointed and award winning executive head chef, Stefan Matz. 

Executive head chef Stefan Matz.

Opinion

No country for old men (First printed January 2014)

In theory, home is where we all should feel the safest. It should be a refuge for all of us lucky to have a place to call home. It is the place where you can truly be yourself, far away from the pretence of modern life where, as characters in the great play of life, you learn your lines and your role before you walk out each day to act out your part.


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