Balbriggan to make history with first-ever Pride event

“Whether it's your first Pride or your 1000th, Balbriggan Pride 2024 is not to be missed.” 

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Located on the outskirts of Dublin, Balbriggan, a small village nestled into the coastal town of Fingal, will make history this June as it hosts its first-ever Pride event. 

Home to gorgeous sites like Balbriggan Beach and Ardgillan Castle, the town has described its inaugural Pride festival as “a family Pride Celebration, with all LGBTQ+ people and allies welcome.”

Hosted by Balbriggan LGBT+, an adult peer-support group that was established in 2022, this year’s historic event has been an all-hands-on-deck effort from organisers since the start of the year. 

Balbriggan Pride, set to kick off on Sunday, June 9, will run from 2pm to 6pm in George’s Square, featuring entertainment from performers such as MC Eddie McGuinness and Circusful, Ireland’s premier circus arts organisation. 

“This is a safe, sober space suitable for every member of the family,” Balbriggan Pride said in a statement. Organisers similarly shared that the historic Pride event will feature An Garda Síochana’s Pride Car and a number of local musicians such as ARYEL, Ellis Nayr, Oísin Tuckey, Acoustic Journey, and Rían as part of this weekend’s unmissable line-up. 

“Make sure to come down to George’s Square and celebrate Balbriggan’s inaugural Pride, in a fun filled, colourful and welcoming space,” organisers added in a press release. “Whether it’s your first Pride or your 1000th, Balbriggan Pride 2024 is not to be missed.” 

The 2024 Balbriggan Pride celebration is supported by Outcomers LGBT+ Support Service.



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Balbriggan joins Irish locales, such as Roscommon and Longford, in hosting their first-ever Pride celebrations in 2024, 50 years after the first-ever Irish Pride demonstration was staged in Dublin’s City Centre in 1974. While Dublin’s own Pride festival has become a staple for the Irish LGBTQ+ community, more and more local Pride celebrations have been cropping up throughout the country in recent years, showing a marked improvement in attitudes towards LGBTQ+ people in less centralised Irish locales. 

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