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‘Pride is a chance to celebrate, but it is always twinned with protest’

Thu, Aug 05, 2021

Members of the Galway Pride committee get ready to celebrate Pride 2021 in the city and Salthill from August 9 to August 15.

“Pride has become that special time when we get to affirm our dignity and our equality, and increase our visibility. It’s in opposition to the shame and social stigma many of us grew up with.”

These are the words of Brian Carroll, the grand marshall for this year’s Galway Community Pride festival - the longest continuing Pride event in Ireland - which takes place from Monday August 9 to Sunday 15, with this year’s theme being ‘Hope’.

“Pride is about visibility and saying ‘We are part of the community’, and it is always someone’s first Pride, that’s why it has to happen each year,” says Galway Community Pride chair and Social Democrats Galway City East councillor, Owen Hanley. “Since the marriage equality referendum there has been a noticeable change, people are far more accepting, and you have people and businesses embracing Pride where that wouldn’t have happened before.”


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