Skibbereen hosting exciting Pride events throughout June

The Skibbereen Community and Family Resource Centre have put together an exciting line up of events to support all members of the LGBTQ+ community in West Cork.

The photograph shows the shop front of Fields supermarket in Skibbereen. Thew window of the shop is dressed in Pride bunting and posters.
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Skibbereen Community and Family Resource Centre (CFRC) is hosting a month-long series of events to celebrate Pride titled ‘Skibbereen LGBTI+ Project’. The programme aims to develop support and activities for the LGBTQ+ community and allies and to promote visibility and inclusivity.

There are a huge variety of events and activities happening throughout the month of June including the ‘Not Sick, Sinners or Criminals: Cork’s LGBT community 1970’s/1980’s’ exhibition with material from the Cork LGBT Archive on show in the Skibbereen CFRC every Friday from 6-9pm.

As an added attraction, the resource centre will also host a weekly film night every Friday at 7pm showing LGBTQ+ films for the community. All are welcome to come down, take a look at the exhibition, watch a movie and meet some new people. 


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Other social activities include an LGBTQ+ family movie night on Monday, June 27 and two drop-in and chat sessions on Thursday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 22.

There will also be a series of talks and documentaries being presented by community advocates. These include Hannah Solley from TENI on how to support our gender-diverse youth, taking place on Monday 13 at 7pm. Orla Egan from Cork LGBT Archive will present her new documentary which was recently shown at Schull Film festival titled I’m Here, I’m Home, I’m Happy which will take place on June 21 at 7pm. Will Kennedy from Cork Positive will speak about living well with HIV on June 23 at 7.30pm.

Also, for music and performance lovers, there are several different musical groups being run by music director, Liz Clark. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend one of these training groups to develop their performance skills and showcase their talent on Pride Day on June 18. Also on this day to celebrate Pride there will be a colourful stall in the local farmer’s market and an exciting kayaking flotilla on the Ilen River.


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Finally, to acknowledge all the joy that came from Pride month there will be a closing ceremony on June 28 in The Coffee Shop at the Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, between 7 and 9pm. 

The ‘Skibbereen LGBTI+ Project’ is supported by the Department of Children Equality Disability Integration and Youth LGBTI+ Community services fund 2021


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