Lise Hand: It was a magical day of planes, trains and polling booths
Whatever the outcome, Ireland shifted a little on its axis due to the positivity of Yes campaign
Published 23/05/2015 | 02:30
Rory O'Neill hurried into his polling station on Marlborough Street in the heart of Dublin city centre, just a stone's throw from O'Connell Street. He had just returned from Norwich in England, via two trains, a flight from London Stansted and a lift into town.
"The airport was crazy," he said. But then again Rory, aka Panti Bliss, would probably have swum home rather than miss out on voting in the marriage equality referendum.
For perhaps it could be argued that the debate on this issue began in earnest over a year ago, on February 1, 2014, when (as Panti) he stood on the stage of the Abbey Theatre and delivered an impassioned and eloquent speech on homophobia, bullying and inequality - the video of his oration won praise from the starry likes of Madonna and Stephen Fry and which attracted hundreds of thousands of hits on You Tube.