8 unmissable cultural and community events happening this Pride month

From art exhibitions to quilt-making workshops, there are an array of events happening all over Ireland for Pride month.

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There are so many things to do for Pride month, including an array of cultural events with LGBTQ+ themes. But if you’re overwhelmed by all of the options available, count yourself lucky: We at GCN have compiled a list of some of the most interesting Pride events happening all around Ireland in June.

Everything from an art exhibition to a quilt-making workshop made its way onto our list, so you are sure to find something that is exactly right for you.

Pride at Butler Gallery: The Queeratorial
Pride at Butler Gallery is presenting a curated series of events and activities to celebrate Pride in June and support LGBTQ+ artists, individuals and communities in Kilkenny and beyond. Starting on June 3, chose between attending a Memorial Quilt Workshop, different book talks, and more.

Booking is possible here.



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Where Love is Illegal exhibition
For this year’s celebrations, on June 14, Queer Asian Pride Ireland will collaborate with Witness Change to host the exhibition Where Love Is Illegal at All My Friends in Dublin. Sharing the stories of LGBTQ+ discrimination and survival worldwide, the exhibition consists of 20 photographs taken by renowned photographer Robin Hammond with personal testimonies from members of the global queer community.


WABI SABI, The beauty of insignificance exhibition
Running from May 12 to June 18, this solo exhibition is showcasing the new works of Martin Mc Cann. Inspired by photographs taken all around the world, the created paintings also often embark on their own journey, dictate their own destiny and present a whole new reason for existing.

The free exhibition is being showcased at Rathfarnham Castle in Dublin.


Soapbox Sessions
Soapbox Sessions is a yearly event hosted in Outhouse by Dublin Lesbian Line. The occasion on June 10 will give several LGBTQ+ people a platform to speak about their personal stories and topics close to their hearts. With more to be announced, confirmed speakers so far include Sara R Phillips, Han Tiernan and Victor Kelly.

The event is free, so you’re more than welcome to just drop by.



LGBTQ+ Women’s Summer Sports Day
Another event from Dublin Lesbian Line, the organisation is teaming up with Sporting Pride to host their second LGBTQ+ Women’s Summer Sports Day on June 17. Inviting women and non-binary folk of all ability levels to join what promises to be a day filled with fun and socialising, all the activities will be taster sessions, and no previous experience is needed.

Taking place at the Railway Union Sports Club, tickets are on sale from €9.55 here.


I’m Grand Mam live podcast in Kildare Village

To celebrate Pride Month 2023, the lovely folks at Kildare Village will be hosting everyone’s favourite mammies’ boys, PJ Kirby and Kevin Twomey, for a live recording of the smash hit I’m Grand Mam podcast on June 10.

Tickets are priced at €25 and available to buy from Eventbrite.


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Decriminalization at 30

This Pride month marks the 30th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexual acts between men in Ireland. In a conference on June 8 at the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin will commemorate the achievements of activists and the legal battle that brought about the new legislation.

It’s a free in-person event, but registration is advised and you can do so here. For those who can’t make it, GCN will be live streaming the discussions on the day.


Remembering the Future exhibition
The exhibition Remembering the Future at Visual Carlow generally raises the question about the perception of time and reality. It is anchored by the first large-scale display in a visual art context of the Irish Names Project quilts, a series of works made in the 1990s in Dublin to commemorate victims of the AIDS crisis.

The exhibition will run from June 8 to August 20 and admission is free.



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These are just some of the amazing events happening for Pride this June. If we’ve missed your favourite, be sure to get in touch at [email protected] and let us know!

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