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Colin Farrell’s brother Eamon throws Dublin bash in support of Marriage Equality

Published 19/04/2015 | 13:16

Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion
Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion
Colin Farrell's brother Eamon was bullied at school
Eamon Farrell and Steve Mannion
Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion are attending a lunch in support of Marriage Equality.

Eamon Farrell, the elder brother of Hollywood star Colin, this weekend hosted a bash in his Dublin home ahead of the Marriage Equality referendum next month.

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Colin’s big brother hosted the Yes Equality party in his Sandymount home last night, which he shares with his partner artist Steven Mannion.

Speaking to columnist Barry Egan of The Sunday Independent, Eamon said: “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.”

Colin Farrell's brother Eamon was bullied at school
Colin Farrell's brother Eamon was bullied at school
Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion
Eamon Farrell and Steve Mannion

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.

Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion are attending a lunch in support of Marriage Equality.
Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion are attending a lunch in support of Marriage Equality.

"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."

Eamon Farrell and Steve Mannion
Eamon Farrell and Steve Mannion
Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion
Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion are attending a lunch in support of Marriage Equality.

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