Cork City’s 6th Annual LGBT Awareness Week

The official launch of Cork LGBT Awareness Week took place in Cork City Hall on Monday May 16th 2016 at 5 p.m., with the Lord Mayor and guests of honour, Mr. Dave Roche, Co-ordinator, Cork Gay Project, Ms. Collette Finn, Chair, Cork Gay Project, Ms. Kate Moynihan, Co-ordinator, LINC and Ms. Jo Ann Tickner, Chair, LINC. Music was provided by Cork LGBT’s Community Choir.


Cork LGBT Awareness Week is organised by an Interagency Steering Group representative of Cork City Council, HSE South, Department of Social Protection, , TÚSLA,  An Garda Síochaná, CESCA Equality Alliance, Cork City Partnership, Cork ETB,  LINC, Gay Community Development, Cork Trans Support Group, Ballyphehane Togher CDP and Sexual Health Centre.


The theme this year is “Celebrating LGBT History”. Like everyone else we are reflecting on history this year and our Interagency Week will celebrate and commemorate the LGBT engagement with the State and with the City. Following in the footprints of LGBT patriots to contemporary LGBT Activism we will demonstrate the contribution of LGBT citizens to creating a Republic of Equals.


In 2016, on the first anniversary of such monumental milestone, LGBT Awareness Week will focus on historical dates of significance within the LGBT community in Ireland, dating back to 1916. Cork has a long and proud tradition of lesbian and gay activism and this is marked at events throughout the week.


Events will take place during the week across the city, including Ballyphehane Youth Café, Cork City Hall, Cork City Library, Cork College of Commerce, St. Anne’s Shandon and Waterstones. A play written, directed and performed by LINC Drama Group will take place at the Cork Arts Theatre. Throughout the week you will be aware of a number of poster, flyers, displays and events throughout the city, culminating in the “Picnic in the Park”.


Saturday, 21st May- Picnic in the Park, Bishop Lucey/ People’s Park

The Picnic in the Park is a family friendly event for citizens, communities and the city that includes food stalls, face painting, music and entertainment. The city’s agencies will be represented at the park also. At the Picnic in the Park we want to demonstrate that equality and inclusion can be fun and that a tolerant city is a better city for everyone.



When developing their strategic plan for the city (Imagine our Future) Cork City Development Board worked with the gay and lesbian organisations in Cork (LINC and The Cork Gay Project) to ensure the strategic plan took into account the gay and lesbian communities that exist in the city. Objective 86, in the 10 Year Plan, clearly states that:

“The gay, lesbian and bisexual communities will be enabled to fully participate in the social, cultural and economic life of Cork City”.


In order to achieve that objective an interagency group of the relevant social partners was set up and led by the City Development Board (CDB). This group meet on a regular basis and continue to develop training and awareness raising events. This is our sixth LGBT Awareness Week organised around (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia) IDAHOT Day, May 17th.


In 2014 the Rainbow Flag was formally raised on City Hall and Cork made history by becoming the first civic or public building to do so.  Cork LGBT Aware Week is organised to acknowledge and demonstrate that LGBT individuals are family members, community residents, constituents, citizens, visitors, service users and service providers. As family members, team mates, co-workers, neighbours, residents and visitors to Cork, the LGBT community contribute to the image of Cork as a vibrant, open and welcoming city, making it an attractive place to work, live and visit, no matter what your sexuality.

For the full programme of events visit us on Facebook “Cork LGBT Awareness Week” or follow us on Twitter @ CorkLGBTWeek.


For more information contact:

Siobhán O’ Dowd – 087/2382400, 021-4319085,

Chair, Cork LGBT Interagency Steering Group

Programme of Events:




Monday May 16th | 5pm

Launch of LGBT Awareness Week

Atrium Civic Office, City Hall by Lord Mayor Cllr. Chris O’ Leary.

Honored Guests: Cork Gay Project – Dave Roche, Co-ordinator & Collette Finn Chair

LINC – Supporting Lesbian and Bisexual Women; Kate Moynihan, Co-ordinator & Jo Ann Tickner, Chair.

Music by Choral ConFusion - Cork’s LGBTS Community Choir


Tuesday May 17th | 2pm International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia

IDAHOT Day Workshop on LGBTIreland  – Odhrán  Allen of GLEN & Ger Phillips of Tusla  reflect on the implications of this research for public services with a strong focus on youth.

Venue: Cork College of Commerce, 2.15pm

Contact: Ger Phillips 087-4109094


Wednesday 18th May 1.45pm

Venue: Multi Media Room, Civic offices, City Hall

Introduction & Welcome: Ms Ann Doherty, Chief Executive, Cork City Council

Presentation by Fidelma Cotter, Asst Principal, General Register Office, DSP

Implementing the Gender Recognition Act: the experience from the Dept of Social Protection

Contact: Fiona McManus, 086-6058969


Wednesday 18th May | 5pm

Cork City Central Library

Exhibition Launch: Celebrating LGBT History

“Out and About” Portraiture Project by photographer Rena Blake

Cork Folklore Project – LGBT Archive Collection


Wednesday 18th May | 7.30pm Youth Café Network Event

Venue: Ballyphehane Youth Café, Ballyphehane Community Centre, Tory Top Rd

Workshop – Understanding Homophobia 

Contacts: Yvonne Quilligan, Cork City Partnership 087-6952347

                Gillian Barrett, UPCork 086-0443745



Thursday 19th May | 7pm: A Day in May – Cork Launch

To celebrate the publication of A Day in May: Real Lives, True Stories Waterstones Booksellers in association with Merrion Press presents,

An Evening With: Journalist & broadcaster Charlie Bird, photographer John Minihan & contributors to the book

Venue & Time: Waterstones at 7pm

Contact: Siobhán—4319085


Friday 20th May: 7pm Youth Café Network   Youth Pool Tournament

Ballyphehane, Gurranebraher and UP Cork LGBT Youth Group

Venue: Ballyphehane Youth café, Ballyphehane Community Centre, Tory Top Rd



Friday 20th May | 8pm LINC presents Ordinary Love

Venue: Cork Arts Theatre

Contact LINC 021-4808600


Sat 21st May: 2pm – 5pm

IDAHOT Party in the Park

Musical entertainment includes High Hopes Choir, Barrack Street Band, Voice Works

Food stalls & information points

Contact: Dave – 087-6381578

                Phil – 086-3244842


Sunday 22nd May 10.30

IDAHOT Day Service with congregation of St Anne’s Shandon, Rev Tony Murphy, Choral ConFusion and LGBT Community members, families & friends.




Throughout Cork LGBT Awareness Week agencies and communities will distribute the specially designed posters, leaflets and display the LGBT Cork Rainbow sticker to signal their support for LGBT Inclusion.

CONTACT & INFORMATION for Posters. Leaflets etc


Jacqui Sweeney, Cork City Partnership / 4302310

Siobhán O’ Dowd, BTCDP/ CESCA / 4319085


Last updated on: 17 / 05 / 2016