Outcomers is a social and befriending support group for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Our drop in centre provides a safe, social and relaxed environment for our LGBT community and is located in the centre of Dundalk town. It has been open since 1997. We offer some light refreshments and a chat. Free gay and lesbian literature is available.
LINC is a resource centre in Cork city for Lesbian and bisexual women. We run a full programme of activities and have other supports based in the center such as an alcohol and drugs support group. Please check out our website for full details.
Cork Gay Project
Cork Gay project includes; Southern Gay Mens Health Service, Unite Youth Group, The Other Place Cafe and Resource Center
Support service for people with eating disorders or are worried about someone else. They run a phone helpline 7:30-9:30pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Sundays and 10:30am-12:30pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. They also have a support email address and weekly online support groups that you can log into on their website and chat with people around Ireland.
1890 200 444
The national health service runs a free phone and email helpline service offering support and advice on issues relating to drugs and HIV.
Phone: 1800 459 459
LGBT healthcare services – Kerry
General Hospital, Tralee – Free STI testing every second Thursday at 11:30am. Phone for appointments.
Tralee General Hospital
Phone: 021 496 6844
Gender, Orientation, Sexual Health, HIV) Support service for LGBT people – their office is in Limerick, but they run a phone line 2:15-5:00pm Monday and 9:30-5:00pm Tuesday-Friday.
Trans Kerry Support Group
A support group for trans people living in Kerry, run by TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland). Meetings second Friday of each month at 6-9pm in Tralee.
A social group for LGBT women in Kerry based in Killarney. They have movie nights, theatre, hikes, and others.
Mayo Pride was launched in 2017 and marked an incredible twenty year journey from when the support group Outwest was started in 1997 to a parade through the rainbow decorated streets of Castlebar in 2017. Our goal was to create unity in the community without losing our individuality, to encourage diversity without focusing on our differences, to promote our beautiful county and above all to celebrate the wonderful uniqueness in everyone. We at Mayo Pride will continue to work hard at achieving these goals and to provide a vibrant, exciting festival for our LGBT+ and wider community.
Our events during the year and at Pride itself were an opportunity for people to get together and enjoy themselves, something that we believe is important. In rural Ireland communities are small and isolated, often leading to LGBT+ people feeling lonely, unable to live as themselves, finding it difficult to make connections. Although the Ireland we live in today is changing and our society as a whole is learning to value diversity, there are still times when being true to yourself seems impossible, and it can look like you are alone in the way you express yourself. It is at these times that having a strong, supportive community can really make a difference. We want to be visible, to show people that they aren’t alone, that they are entitled to be themselves and that the way to fit in is sometimes to stand out. Pride is a celebration of life, love and living.
We are planning to bring events across Mayo, reaching out to as many communities as we can, expanding as we grow. Mayo is a big, beautiful county and Pride should be part of every community here. We really want to thank you all for the support you showed us at our first Pride and hope you continue to support us. Pride is for you and about you and we hope we can always bring you something to be really proud of.