Colin Farrell’s brother Eamon receives ‘unnerving’ leaflet condemning homosexuality to his Dublin home
Published 10/05/2015 | 12:17
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.
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.
“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.
"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."