Marking fifty years of the founding of an LGBTQ rights movement in Ireland, Reeling in the Queers explores the lesser-known stories of the fight for LGBTQ rights since 1974, beyond decriminalisation and Marriage Equality. From 1990s boy bands to the AIDS priest, Fr Bernárd Lynch, from the Belfast Lesbian Line to proud parenting, from the earliest Pride events to the last days of Alternative Miss Ireland, fourteen distinct moments map the changing social and cultural landscape of Ireland.

These stories, from across the island of Ireland – and further afield – celebrate a strong community and its allies, and speak across the generations. Together, they tell a new story of the gains, losses, devastation and community rising from the ashes of defeat. It is a hugely enjoyable and insightful read for both those who lived through this movement and for those who enjoy its benefits today.

Drawing from oral history as well as archives, Reeling in the Queers brings even more to life the great big queer tapestry in Ireland. Queer history in Ireland is Irish history and acknowledging and celebrating the light and the dark of it protects all of our futures as much as our pasts.

‘A fascinating read. Charts the inspirational lesser-known stories of the relentless personal heroism of queer activists over many tough years. They helped make the case for change compelling and deserve their place in that proud narrative. Páraic Kerrigan gives it to them. ‘  MARY MCALEESE

Reeling in the Queers is generous and entertaining, full of well-known and unsung voices, all of which make up a vital chapter in Ireland’s history. It paints a vibrant picture of the struggles and joys of the queer community, and is an important testament to the power of hope in sustaining political action.’  SEÁN HEWITT

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ISBN 9781848409224
Author Páraic Kerrigan
Publisher New Island
Publication date 30 May 2024
Format Paperback
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Reeling in the Queers: Tales of Ireland’s LGBTQ Past

Páraic Kerrigan
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Amidst the moments of seismic change in LGBTQ history in Ireland lie the stories of ordinary people, who did extraordinary things to change queer Ireland and Irish culture. 

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