Kilkeel NRC get together for the lbg&t community – 19th Nov

Newry Rainbow Community (NRC) in partnership with Drumcro Gift House and Tea Rooms, Kilkeel are hosting a social evening to get together for a cuppa and a chat at Drumcro Tea Rooms, 7 The Square, Kilkeel on Thursday the 19th of November at 8pm.

We are all aware of how living in a rural area has the potential to be isolating so this is a chance for people from the lgb&t community to catch up in very relaxed surroundings, find out about the range of services, supports and social events provided by the NRC, have a relaxed evening in safe surroundings and even make new friends!

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Damian is new NRC Chairperson

Newry Rainbow Community have elected a new Chairperson following last weeks AGM held in Rainbow House, Monaghan Street.

Newry man Damian McShane replaces out-going Chairperson Rory Rafferty in the post. Damian was the first Chairperson of the NRC when it was formed in 2004!

Damian McShane, Chairperson, Newry Rainbow Community.

Damian McShane, Chairperson, Newry Rainbow Community.

Commenting on his election Damian thanked the outgoing Chairperson and looked forward to working for the group. “I am very pleased to be elected to chairperson of the NRC and look forward to the challenges ahead. The NRC has been very close to my heart and I will endeavour to do the best I can for the organisation in all I do in the the term ahead.

“Many thanks to the out going Chairperson Rory Rafferty for all he has done in bringing the NRC to the present and I hope I can continue on the road that has been set through his diligence and perseverance. As we in the NRC are a community I know that their experience and expertise will be of valued help to me in the forthcoming office and year ahead.”

Damian is Newry Unite Union, Equality Officer and spokesperson Martin McKeown added his congratulations. “Unite stands firm on equality, human rights, workers rights, gender egalitarianism and the right for all human beings to express their fundamental right to love; free from prejudice and fear.

“The NRC have been a beacon of hope for the LGBT community and an inspiration to the broader community as a whole. We within Unite would like to congratulate Damian Mc Shane on his appointment to Chairman; we have no doubt Damian will be a force for the good and will fight with great gusto for the LGBT community.”

Concluding he added “The Newry Unite community and Industrial branches offer our full support to Damian and the NRC committee over the coming year”.

The Current Secretary and P.R.O Damien McKevitt and Columba O’Hare respectively continue in their posts and Karen Rafferty was elected as Treasurer.

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Wretched Little Brat plans to unpack Wildean stereotypes in post-referendum Ireland

A new play written and directed by Brian Merriman, Director of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and Mr Gay Ireland opens next month at the Sean O’Casey Theatre, Dublin.

Wretched Little Brat

Wretched Little Brat

The play runs from the 16th to the 21st of November and you can get your tickets at

“Wretched Little Brat”, a new play about the lovers of Oscar Wilde stars Sean Doyle (Callum, Fair City) as Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas and David Flynn as Robbie Ross, the play charts the lives of Wilde’s closest associates up to 1945, in a frank telling of the aftermath of one of Victorian England’s most scandalous courtroom downfalls. Brian Graham Higgins plays Wilde with a team of four actors (Ailish Leavy, Anne Doyle, Stephan Gorman and Eli Caldwell) playing ‘The Mothers’, ‘The Wives’, ‘The Older and The Younger Men’ – all caught up in this spiral of litigation, acrimony, morality and loyalty. Read more »

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A book release to inspire the world, one reader at a time!

In June 2014 Alicia Perry released the first book in her biography series entitled Confessions Of A Nobody ‘Mistreated’ on amazon sites across the globe. The book unveils important issues such as gender identity, child abuse, corporal punishment and bullying; while also giving a very personal insight into living through these controversial experiences. However, the focus remains on positivity and what can be achieved when you turn your life around.

Alicia V Perry

Alicia V Perry

Born in a male body that lacked an Adam’s-apple Alicia V. Perry was christened with a boys’ name.

From birth she always identified herself as a girl and at the early age of five she was confused by the boundaries of what was allowed by her parents. She jested with me “when my mother made me play with an action man, I knitted him a cardigan.”

The motivation to write these books came from a song by singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman called Tell it like it is. The books names were inspired by a song from the artist P!nk entitled Perfect; Mistreated, Misplaced and Misunderstood in the quest to be Ms Perry.
In February this year she finished 6th place at the Annual Shorty Awards, in the author category, in New York, USA. The awards are by international public vote and it is worth noting that there were hundreds in her category. Read more »

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‘Provoking Thought’ Workshop ‘Your Mental Health Matters’ Workshop

The Rainbow Project? and Newry Rainbow Community are pleased to host our first ‘Provoking Thought’ Workshop ‘Your Mental Health Matters’ With guest Project Worker from AMH MensSana

‘Provoking Thought’ Workshop ‘Your Mental Health Matters’

‘Provoking Thought’ Workshop
‘Your Mental Health Matters’

The workshop is on Monday 26th October 2015 from 7pm – 9.30pm

To register your interest or for further information, please contact Nuala Devenny on 02890 319030 or email…

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