Monday 20 February 2017

Here's to those who changed a country one door at a time

Tiernan Brady

Published 30/05/2015 | 02:30

Thousands gather at the results of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle
Thousands gather at the results of same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle

Last Saturday was a beautiful moment in Irish history. The outpouring of sheer joy at Dublin Castle was mirrored in towns and villages across the country as lesbian and gay people celebrated their first day as full and equal citizens in our Republic. They were joined by their families, friends and supporters of equality in scenes that have grabbed the world's imagination.

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The pictures also showed the real and not very secret weapon of the Yes campaign: thousands of people in every corner of the country determined to have their voices heard. Thousands of people who realised that simply voting was not going to be enough. They moved from being supporters of the campaign to being the campaign.

It was these people who went out every night for months and knocked on the doors of Ireland to say why marriage mattered to them and why we should vote Yes.

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