GAA confirm involvement for first time ever in Dublin Pride 2019
- This is the first time the Association will be officially represented and and walk in the Pride parade
- The annual Pride festival takes place begins on June 20, and runs for 10 days
The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has confirmed they will be officially represented in this year's Dublin Pride Festival.
This is the first time the Association will be officially represented at the festival and and walk in the Pride parade.
President of the GAA, John Horan said that the decision to be represented in the festival is an opportunity for the Association to show "solidarity and respect for members of the LGBTQ+ community who make a contribution to our Association."
“We recently launched a manifesto hailing the GAA as Where We All Belong. This is one way of living up to that assertion, of actions speaking louder than words.
“The challenge for our Association at all times is to be relevant and to try our best to positively reflect society.
“The GAA has a huge presence in Irish life and I am delighted that the Association is committed to making such a positive difference by ensuring that inclusion is prominent in how we operate.”
The news comes as the first openly gay Gaelic football referee, David Gough spoke about his experience within the GAA on RTE's The Late Late Show last night.
The Co. Meath man welcomed the news after he has spoken openly in recent years about homophobic abuse he has experienced within the sport.
"Since 2015 up to now, [the GAA] have done a huge amount to change their attitudes towards inclusivity and LGBT+ rights, and that has been brought on by the sitting President, John Horan.
"As a result of our discussions, Eddie McGuinness the Pride Manager of the Pride parade extended an invitation to the GAA and for the first time in the 26 year history of Pride, the GAA has accepted the invitation to walk in the Pride parade."
The Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride Festival is an annual series of events which LGBTQ+ life in Dublin, Ireland. It is the largest LGBTQ+ festival in Ireland and concludes in a pride parade which is held annually on the last Saturday in June.
The event began 1974 and has now grown to an annual 10-day festival. This year's festival takes place from June 20 to June 29.
LGBT Ireland has been contacted for comment at time of writing.