Out Now! EILE Magazine’s January Edition FREE To Read Or Download!

Welcome to the January 2018 issue of EILE Magazine!

This month, we have an interview with Tom O’Connor of Dublin Bears about Béar Féile, and the current Mr Bear Ireland, Eoin Dolan. We also have a great article from Paul Dowling about the experiences of the Irish LGBTI diaspora. Our musical guests this month are No No Yeah Okay and Simon XO, both from the US, and Lisa Reynolds writes about David Bowie and PrissyLips. Our health section is written by Brian Rochford, who also writes on fashion this month, and Frances Winston gives her witty take on current films. We also source some great bargains in multi-centre trips to the USA, in our travel section. With lots of news, views and entertainment in this edition, we hope you enjoy this January 2018 issue of EILE Magazine!

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Famous LGBTQ Champion Figure Skaters

Robin Cousins – Image: telegraph.co.uk

One of the most iconic of winter sports is figure skating, as evidenced by its popularity as an Olympic competitive event. There is an abundance of talented LGBTQ individuals in the sport, though the list of prominent individuals is entirely populated by gay men.

The International Gay Figure Skating Union (IGFSU) was created as an interest group for the community. It is particularly active with the organizing of the Gay Games.

It is only recently that figure skaters have declared their sexual orientation while competing – most have waited until retirement. Many skaters avoid speaking out about LGBTQ rights, though it is also considered one of the gayest sports. Continue Reading »

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IDGTF 2018’s Annual Table Quiz, and Seeking Volunteers!

Join the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2018 for a Year of Celebration-Starting with their Annual Table Quiz, and consider volunteering!

The 2018 Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is on its way – from May 7th to 20th.

This is a special year of celebration for the festival, marking both the 15th birthday of IDGTF, and 25 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland.
Keep watching www.gaytheatre.ie and Facebook for more details.


IDGTF are hosting their annual fundraising Table Quiz in Street 66, Parliament Street on Thursday March 1st from 8pm.
You are invited to come along, support the Festival and performers and (hopefully!) win one of the great prizes on offer.
€40 for a table of 4.  You can reserve a table by emailing your details to quiz@gaytheatre.ie
Have additional prizes to add to their list? Do you have any questions? They want to hear from you! Email them at quiz@gaytheatre.ie.
As an entirely voluntary, not-for-profit organisation, the IDGTF really appreciate your support, so that they can continue to celebrate LGBTQ identity and stories through theatre.


Seeking Volunteers
Want to see great shows, make new friends, join in at social events or learn valuable new skills? IDGTF are now recruiting volunteers for Festival 2018.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact them at volunteers@gaytheatre.ie
Whatever your skills, background, or interests, they have exciting opportunities for you!
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Club GASS Galway: Two Great Dates For March!

Club GASS have 2 great nights coming up in March, one on March 9th and one on Good Friday, yes you heard that right!


First there is the Club GASS club night on March 9th, hosted by the always enchanting Miss Kiki St Clair, with special guests, and DJs on the night are Pantibar’s amazing Bunny & Dizzy.

Sesh in the City is happening on Good Friday, March 30th, also hosted by the delectable Miss Kiki St Clair, and featuring the delicious and delightful Regina George, Dylatrix, Ellis Dee and Sasha Synthetic, and DJ Ruth will be supplying some great music.

And don’t forget, both great nights are at the Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street, Galway!



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Film: Finding Your Feet | in Irish cinemas 23rd February

When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge with her estranged, bohemian, older sister, Bif (Celia Imrie). Sandra couldn’t be more different to her outspoken, serial-dating, free-spirited sibling.

But it turns out ‘different’ is just what Sandra needs, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to her community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet… and romance.

Featuring a star-studded cast, including Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley and David Hayman, Finding Your Feet is a hilarious and heart-warming modern comedy, proving that it’s never too late to start again.

In Irish cinemas 23rd February!

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Listen: The Ramona Flowers – Same Sun

On EILE‘s Monday music slot, we feature old favourites, The Ramona Flowers, with a great new track, Same Sun. The electro-pop 80s-style track is about those times when you feel like an outsider, and as if you don’t belong, but in the end the lyrics tell us we all live under the ‘same sun’. The UK-based, 5-piece band count Bono among their fans, Peter Gabriel, Phoenix and M83 among their influences, and the track was produced by heavyweight, Chris Zane (Bat for Lashes, Mumford and Sons). They also have a UK tour coming up in March, which includes Bristol, Manchester, London and Glasgow. If you’re anywhere near those areas, (and even if you’re not) this band is well worth travelling to see! Have a listen to Same Sun, and you’ll know the great tunes you can expect to hear at any of their performances. Enjoy!

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Hong Kong gay pop star says Malaysia show dropped over LGBT support

Hong Kong pro-democracy singer Denise Ho speaks at a free concert after Lancome, the face-cream company owned by French cosmetics giant L’Oreal, also cancelled a concert featuring Ho, in Hong Kong, in 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

A Hong Kong pop star said on Thursday last that she had been denied permission to perform in Malaysia because she campaigns for gay rights, amid criticism from activists of rising intolerance toward the LGBT community in the Muslim-majority nation.

Singer Denise Ho, who is openly gay, said Malaysian officials told her promoter that her application to perform in the capital Kuala Lumpur in April was refused, due to her support for LGBT people. Continue Reading »

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Little Gem Records: LIVE – Rita Braga / Yawning Chasm double bill + special guests at Jigsaw

Thursday March 15

An evening of otherworldly aural delight

Little Gem Records presents an ethereal double bill :

Rita Braga / Yawning Chasm + Special Guests Live at Jigsaw

The music of Portuguese songstress, Rita Braga, simultaneously summons the ghosts of Carmen Miranda and synth pioneers, such as Delia Derbyshire and Bruce Haack.

Her world is one of colours, exuding both the charm of a vintage cartoon character merrily bouncing along, and the ominous melancholy of a lost kitten.

Having toured all around the world for the best part of a decade, her shows, which are both performative and visual, will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a David Lynch movie from which you may not return.


Yawning Chasm is the stage name of Galway underground singer-songwriter, Aaron Coyne. He is well known to many as one half of electro/guitar band, Mirakil Whip, but through Yawning Chasm he explores a modern, ruminative, psychedelic folk-rock. To experience his music live is a genuine treat from another world, familiar yet distant.


+ Special Guests TBA

Thursday March 15 2018

Doors 8pm

Jigsaw Dublin 1

Tickets available here


Little Gem Records
18 Kildare Street
Dublin 2