Madonna sends message of support to Panti
Madonna has sent a message of support to gay campaigner Rory O'Neill as his impassioned speech about homophobia continues to gather worldwide attention.
Mr O'Neill said that the singer sent him an email after watching his oration, which he performed as drag act Panti Bliss at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.
He told the Irish Independent: "Obviously I'm delighted. I got a message from Madonna this morning. I want to keep the contents of the message to myself, but what she said was very nice."
Broadcasters Dara O Briain and Stephen Fry have also commended Mr O'Neill, whose video has been watched hundeds of thousands of times.
Closer to home, Irish broadcaster Brendan Courtney and comedian Deirdre O'Kane have also tweeted their support, while journalist Fintan O'Toole likened the speech to those of former Irish leader Daniel O'Connell, tweeting: "The most eloquent Irish speech since Daniel O'Connell was in his prime."