Discover the story of Ireland’s AIDS Quilts through GCN’s In and Out festival

Hosted by Judith Finlay and Han Tiernan, the broadcast will feature fascinating anecdotes and insightful interviews with prominent Irish AIDS activists.

Left: A photo of one of Ireland's AIDS Quilts, Right: Judith Finlay and Han Tiernan in EPIC Museum.
Image: Left: GCN, Right: Epic Museum

On Wednesday, December 8, GCN in partnership with EPIC Museum and Queer Culture Ireland will present ‘The Irish Names Project: The Story of Ireland’s AIDS Quilts’ as part of our In and Out programme. The evening will be hosted by co-founder of Queer Culture Ireland, Judith Finlay, and GCN’s own Editorial Assistant, Han Tiernan.

In recognition of the 40th anniversary since the first AIDS diagnosis and following on from Queer Culture Ireland’s exhibition, ‘The Quilt: Echoes and Memories’ which marked the 30th anniversary of the Irish Names Project, our hosts have been interviewing key figures involved in making the quilts, as well as people who have been seminal in HIV activism in Ireland. The broadcast will feature snippets of these interviews, with full-length versions being available to view separately afterwards.

The Irish Names Project was started in 1990 by Mary Shannon, following the death of her close friend Joe Carthy. Mary looked for a way to keep his memory alive, and after she came across AIDS quilts being made in the US, she decided to do the same in Ireland.

Mary sadly passed away in 2020, and is lovingly remembered by all who knew her, including her family, friends, and the LGBTQ+ community. She entrusted Judith as the next custodian of the quilts, and this episode of In and Out will feature an interview with her husband Christy, one of her sons Ryan, her sister Phil, and her close friend Trish.

Other interviewees include icons such as Karl Hayden, Cathal Kerrigan, Poz Vibe podcast’s Robbie and Veda, and more, as GCN aim to ensure the conversation surrounding HIV and AIDS in the country continues past December 1.

EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum played a huge part in creating this In and Out episode, and have also teamed up with GCN for ‘LIVING: a unique portrayal of people living with HIV in Ireland’. The exhibition launched on World AIDS Day 2021, and is available to view for free in CHQ Dublin until December 17.

‘The Irish Names Project: The Story of Ireland’s AIDS Quilts’ will be streaming live on GCN’s Facebook and YouTube from 6:30PM on Wednesday, December 8.

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