6. IRE­LAND

DNA Magazine - - TRAVEL FEATURE -

Tourism Ire­land be­gan pro­mot­ing wed­dings and honey­moons to LGBTIQ vis­i­tors from Bri­tain, North Amer­ica, the Nordic coun­tries, Aus­tralia, France, Spain, Italy and Ger­many fol­low­ing the “Yes” re­sult in the coun­try’s 2015 same-sex mar­riage ref­er­en­dum. Prior to Aus­tralia’s plebiscite, Ire­land was the only coun­try to put the is­sue to a pop­u­lar vote and 62 per cent of the mostly-Catholic elec­torate voted yes. Ire­land’s west coast also hosts The Out­ing – an LGBT mu­sic and match­mak­ing fes­ti­val – ev­ery year. The event mixes blind dates and speed dat­ing with mu­sic, com­edy and per­for­mance in the lovely lit­tle vil­lage of Lis­doon­va­rna (pic­tured).

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