When ScEEN in Kerry first set out to organise a social event we wondered who will turn out? Is there an audience for this kind of thing in county Kerry? We left these questions aside and decided to just go for it, as the old adage goes ‘Build it and they will come’. That is at least what we were hoping for. It turns out word of mouth and a bit of plugging on our social media platforms brought the audience we hoped for. A diverse group of people from the LGBT+ community and their allies created a wonderful atmosphere.
We organised a fun, poptastic event in the Ashe Hotel, Friday 11th October, Tralee. Local musician Owen Rua belted out some impressive corkers and DJ Ricky Clifford played classic pop anthems throughout the night. Fundraising proceeds were also organised, with all donations going towards the Kerry Festival of Pride.
Our main mission is to bring the LGBT+ people living in Kerry together. We witnessed a few snogs, a few curious peeps attended and friends came together. We think it’s important to create spaces where where people can go and be themselves in an unfiltered situation without judgment. We hope to arrange regular social gatherings in the near future.