Limerick is bursting with Pride 

Damien Sheehan taking part in the Limerick Pride Rainbow River Swim Parade.

THE Limerick LGBTQ community is bursting with pride, having picked up a Non-Profit Community Group of the Year Munster Innovation Award for Virtual Events at the Irish Enterprise Awards.

The group received the award for staging a 2021 virtual Limerick Pride festival, despite the difficulties posed by the pandemic.

The event, which took place during Pride Week last July, included various workshops, the Rainbow River Swim Parade and a host of adult and family entertainment.

The EU Business News Irish Enterprise Awards celebrates Irish businesses and initiatives that demonstrate a high level of diversity and innovation.

“We are delighted and honoured to have received this Irish Enterprise Award for our 2021 Limerick Pride festival,” said Limerick LGBTQ Pride Chairperson Lisa Daly.

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“When the country went into lockdown in 2020, Limerick Pride became virtual, which was totally new to us. By 2021, we were ready to provide as much for our community as possible during Pride Week.”

Thousands of people tuned into the 2021 festival which offered a razzmatazz of fun events, information and virtual connections through streaming and social media.

“We wanted to show that while Pride was not physically able to happen, it was never cancelled. Pride is in all of us and will continue regardless of any situation,” said Ms Daly.

Limerick LGBTQ Pride’s award success will earn the group exposure on EU Business News’ global platform.

“We would like to thank everyone who helped Limerick Pride during lockdown – we could not have done it without you,” Ms Daly said.

“We are looking forward to giving Limerick a great celebration for Pride 2022.”