In-Person Meetup: Art Exhibition and Festive Cheer

Join London Irish LGBT Network for an afternoon at artist Yvonne Devine’s latest exhibition and some festive drinks in the beer garden of the very funky establishment, Ninth Life, in Catford, South East London, on Sunday, December 12 at 2 pm.

It will be a relaxed afternoon where Yvonne will be on hand to tell us about her latest artworks and her artistic influences and practices. And, seeing as it’s the festive season, we’re never ones to miss out on an opportunity to meet and have the banter!

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Bernárd’s Story: From Ennis to New York To London Pride 2021

For Pride month, we asked some of our members if they would like to tell their story and why they are proud. If you would like to contribute, please email 

Here’s another story for you but first, grab yourself a cuppa!

From Ennis to New York To London Pride 2021

By Bernárd Lynch

After over forty years of activism in the LGBTQI+ community I look back and see that as a gay man the trouble with a secret life is that it is very frequently a secret from the person who lives it and not at all a secret for the people he encounters. He encounters because he must encounter the people who see his secrecy before anything else. They drag his secrets out of him with often dire consequences. The aim of the dreamer, after all, is to go on dreaming and not to be molested by the world. But the aims of life are antithetical to those of the dreamer, and the teeth of the world are sharp.

At school in Ennis C.B.S. the boy I was best pals with I fell in love with. He may have loved me as his pal, but I was in love with him. And although I didn’t know it at the time, I felt it with every bone in the soul of my body. This was the prevenient and perineal truth of my tortured adolescence.

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