Homosexual acts were still illegal in this country in 1981 and Ireland was still very much under the thumb of the Catholic Church so this was an exceptional event to be held here.
Cork’s Connolly Hall hosted the country’s first national gay conference (see photo- Senator David Norris is second from the right). It brought together lesbian and gay activists and organisations from throughout Ireland and abroad. Over 200 people attended the conference from Ireland, Britain and the U.S. and participated in workshops on a wide range of topics including partition, disability and trade unionism.
Forty-nine motions were passed by the conference and according to Kieran Rose, these motions “set the agenda for the lesbian and gay movement for more than a decade.” (Kieran Rose, Diverse Communities: The Evolution of Lesbian and Gay Politics in Ireland).