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Colin Farrell’s brother Eamon receives ‘unnerving’ leaflet condemning homosexuality to his Dublin home

Published 10/05/2015 | 12:17

Stephen and Eamon Farrell-Mannion.
Stephen and Eamon Farrell-Mannion.
Eamon Farrell and Steve Mannion
Colin and Eamon Farrell
Equality on the menu: Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion are attending a lunch in support of Marriage Equality.
Love: Steven with Eamon Farrell
Heading west: Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion
Party policy: Leo Varadkar, Heather Humphreys, Eamon Farrell, Averil Power and Steven Mannion at the party hosted by Eamon and Steven

Colin Farrell’s brother Eamon revealed that a “sinister” leaflet condemning homosexuality was pushed into the letterbox of his Dublin home this week as he continues to campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote in the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum.

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The anti-gay literature was posted anonymously to the South Dublin home of Eamon and his partner Steven Mannion and said homosexual relationships were worthy on condemnation and “banishment”.

The couple have been actively canvassing their local area in the hopes that a ‘Yes’ vote will pass on May 22.

“Steven has been out canvassing more than me. He has joined the Dublin Bay South Group and is loving it. This has been a very positive experience for him," Eamon told The Sunday World.

“I have been involved on the pavement canvass and of course I have been talking to the hundreds of parents who come through our school [The National Performing Arts School] every week. It’s been mostly very positive."

Colin’s big brother hosted a Yes Equality party in his Sandymount home a few weeks ago.

Party policy: Leo Varadkar, Heather Humphreys, Eamon Farrell, Averil Power and Steven Mannion at the party hosted by Eamon and Steven
Party policy: Leo Varadkar, Heather Humphreys, Eamon Farrell, Averil Power and Steven Mannion at the party hosted by Eamon and Steven
Stephen and Eamon Farrell-Mannion.
Eamon Farrell and Steve Mannion
Colin and Eamon Farrell
Equality on the menu: Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion are attending a lunch in support of Marriage Equality.
Love: Steven with Eamon Farrell
Heading west: Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion

“I want to invite people into our home to see that gays live the exact same lives as everyone else. We don’t cut the gay grass —  we cut the grass,” Eamon said.

“We don’t have a gay washing machine — we have a washing machine.”

Among those in attendance at last night’s shindig were Amy Huberman, Alan Hughes and his partner Karl Broderick, Senator Katherine Zappone and Minister Heather Humphreys.

The party included pizzas from nearby hotspot Sober Lane, which opened earlier this year.

The couple also invited local residents who are intent on voting ‘No’ in the upcoming referendum

“I’ve also invited  some No Voters who I met on the canvass,” Eamon said.

Earlier this year, Colin Farrell spoke to RTE’s Claire Byrne about the importance of voting Yes in favour of Marriage Equality.

"I carry Ireland with me everywhere I go and I love my country deeply," he said.

Colin and Eamon Farrell
Colin and Eamon Farrell
Stephen and Eamon Farrell-Mannion.
Eamon Farrell and Steve Mannion
Equality on the menu: Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion are attending a lunch in support of Marriage Equality.
Love: Steven with Eamon Farrell
Heading west: Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion
Party policy: Leo Varadkar, Heather Humphreys, Eamon Farrell, Averil Power and Steven Mannion at the party hosted by Eamon and Steven

"I respect the other side [of the debate] but this is a demographic of society - gay, lesbian, transgender - who have been ostracised, polarised and excluded for so long."

"I remember [Eamon]coming home with blood on his shirt. He got plenty of beatings and just called names continuously. He had a very tough time - a lot of cruelty, like real absolute shameful cruelty that was placed upon him," said Colin.

"They are his battles and they are his wounds and his traumas. But bearing witness to them at close quarters, caring for him as much as I do, of course had an effect on me."

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