Thursday 29 September 2016

Ireland takes to the street to celebrate after marriage referendum is passed

Published 23/05/2015 | 21:33

A crowd of #YesVote supporters on Dublin's South William Street this evening
Pic: Donal Corkery
A crowd of #YesVote supporters on Dublin's South William Street this evening Pic: Donal Corkery
Thomas McDermott and Sara Jane Flynn pictured celebrating the yEs result. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 23/5/15
People celebrate the Yes vote on the streets outside Dublin Castle. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 23/5/15

The party was well and truly underway on the streets of the capital last night after the historic announcement.

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Tens of thousands of people toasted the result of the same sex marriage referendum on the streets of Dublin.

The party began in earnest shortly before midday after tallies predicted a victory for the 'Yes' vote.

Thousands of supporters flocked to Dublin Castle throughout the day, where they cheered the official declaration that the the motion calling for a change to the constitution allowing same sex couples to marry had been passed.

Read more here: Gay couples can now 'live in our shelter and not in our shadow' following #MarRef result - Taoiseach  

Scenes of joy were replicated in cities and towns across the country yesterday evening.

In Dublin, hundreds of Yes Campaigners flocked to Ireland's unofficial gay Mecca; Panti Bar, today to watch the votes slowly roll in.

"There is no where I would rather be," Colm Dorris (23) Belfast said. "I travelled down to hear the result and made a beeline here."

 
 

Twins sisters Lynda O'Sullivan and Sharon Carroll were beaming as Dublin South East declared a resounding Yes Vote.

 

"My sister walked me down the aisle in February," Lynda said. "And now some day I will be able to return the favours. It's an amazing day for equality and for Ireland."

Having chit chatted with Miriam O'Callaghan in Dublin Castle, The Queen of Ireland, Miss Panti Bliss arrived to thunderous applause.

Bert and Ernie join in the #MarRef celebrations across Dubin this evening
Pic: Donal Corkery
Bert and Ernie join in the #MarRef celebrations across Dubin this evening Pic: Donal Corkery
The party continues on South William Street Pic: Donal Corkery
People celebrate the Yes vote on the streets outside Dublin Castle. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 23/5/15
Yvonne Naughton and Nicole Priebel pictured celebrating the yEs result. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 23/5/15
People celebrate the Yes vote on the streets outside Dublin Castle. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 23/5/15
A lone protestor surrounded by people as they celebrate the Yes vote on the streets outside Dublin Castle. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 23/5/15
A lone protestor surrounded by people as they celebrate the Yes vote on the streets outside Dublin Castle. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 23/5/15
People celebrate the Yes vote on the streets outside Dublin Castle. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 23/5/15
Yvonne Naughton and Nicole Priebel pictured celebrating the yEs result. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 23/5/15
People celebrate the Yes vote on the streets outside Dublin Castle. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 23/5/15
People celebrate the Yes vote on the streets outside Dublin Castle. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 23/5/15
People celebrate the Yes vote on the streets outside Dublin Castle. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 23/5/15
Celebrating after announcing the reults of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Pic:Mark Condren 23.5.2015
David Norris speaks to the crowd without a microphone in the Upper yard of Dublin Castle. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 23/5/15
Celebrating after announcing the reults of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Pic:Mark Condren 23.5.2015
Amber Rose Tobin from Dublin celebrating after announcing the reults of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Pic:Mark Condren 23.5.2015
Deirdre Nally, left and Fiona Dullaghan celebrate the Yes Vote outside Dublin city hall on Dame Street in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 23/5/2015
Two girls celebrate the Yes Vote outside Dublin city hall on Dame Street in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 23/5/2015
David Norris speaks to the crowd without a microphone in the Upper yard of Dublin Castle. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 23/5/15
People celebrate the Yes Vote outside Dublin city hall on Dame Street in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 23/5/2015
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tainiste Joan Burton at the reults of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Pic:Mark Condren 23.5.2015
Celebrating after announcing the reults of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Pic:Mark Condren 23.5.2015
Celebrating after announcing the reults of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Pic:Mark Condren 23.5.2015
Celebrating after announcing the reults of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Pic:Mark Condren 23.5.2015
Celebrating after announcing the reults of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Pic:Mark Condren 23.5.2015
Senator Katherine Zappone and Deputy Jerry Buttimer celebrating after announcing the reults of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Pic:Mark Condren 23.5.2015
Ministers Leo Varadkar, Frances Fitzgerald, Simon Coveny and Deputy Jerry Buttimer celebrating after announcing the reults of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle. Pic:Mark Condren 23.5.2015

"I want to thank you all for everything you have done," she said standing on the bar.

Outside news anchor Aengus MacGrianna embraced his husband Terry Gill. "This means everything," he said.

Read more here: TV3's Vincent Browne says #MarRef result 'is fantastic' and sings Ole Ole Ole in The George  

"It's a great day for Ireland's gay community, it means the world to all of us. I am proud of Ireland and delighted with the result."

Over in rival gay bar, The George, Vincent Browne and Bosco were taking turns entertaining the crowds.

"This is going to be a bit of an all nighter," Davey Quinliven, 26, Ennis said. "We've campaigned for days on end so it's time to celebrate."

 
 

With a resounding Yes Vote in the bag all eyes turned to the Eurovision. "Okay so we didn't get through to the final," Camille Ross, 30, Bray said.

"But you can't win them all. We'll just be cheering on the kitsch dance numbers and making a little bit of history""

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