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Dublin Pride head of events Eddie McGuinness, Dublin Pride comms officer Christelle Gebhardt, Panti Bliss and Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu outside Pantibar in Dublin

Dublin Pride head of events Eddie McGuinness, Dublin Pride comms officer Christelle Gebhardt, Panti Bliss and Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu outside Pantibar in Dublin

Dublin Pride head of events Eddie McGuinness, Dublin Pride comms officer Christelle Gebhardt, Panti Bliss and Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu outside Pantibar in Dublin

Rainbow walks will be popping up across Dublin c ity this week, with the first unveiled outside PantiBar on Capel Street yesterday.

The pop of colour will be added as part of Pride month celebrations to the junction at Georges Street and Dame Street, as well as Parliament street and two on Capel Street.

Owner of PantiBar, Rory O’Neill, aka Panti Bliss, said: “Dublin Pride have been pushing for it for a number of years. This year because it’s our second pride that’s sort of been cancelled – it seemed like the year to really push forward.”

Mr O’Neill said the country has made “incredible strides around queer rights, but it doesn’t mean everything is all sorted”, he said referring to the homophobic graffiti sprayed on the walls of the premises beside PantiBar earlier this week.

“It’s pretty rare that these are even real-world things, that was a pretty bad one,” he said.

“Two prides ago we had bricks thrown through the windows while we had customers in there, so these things do happen occasionally.”

Mr O’Neill said he is “delighted” to be taking part in this year’s Independent.ie Rock Against Homelessness concert on Sunday in aid of Focus Ireland.

“I see it every single day and it became very much more obvious during the pandemic,” he said.  

“Street homelessness is the very tip of the iceberg. The vast majority of homeless in this country is more hidden.”

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