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Remembering Jim

Jim Redmond and Michael Fitzgerald fell in love while both working on the GCN FÁS Community Employment scheme in 1994. This month, we sadly lost Jim, who went on to write a column in the magazine well into the 2000s. Here Michael remembers the moment they met.

The Hirshfeld Centre was damaged by fire in 1987. So what better use could there be for the charred remains than to house the chain-smoking, smouldering passions and incendiary tempers of a crowd of FÁS-funded GCN production staff? Those cracks in the facade were less the result of fire and more the result of the office door being repeatedly slammed as we stormed, raged or flounced out of the office.

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About GCN

We’re celebrating 30 years of GCN this month, that’s three decades and 340 issues of Ireland’s beloved queer magazine, and what a time of incredible change for LGBT+ people in Ireland our pages have documented over that time! In this very special issue, with a cover specially created by artist Will St Leger, 30 columnists remember 30 moments that changed Ireland of 30 years. From decriminalisation to marriage equality, and everything in between, there’s a lot of reading and a lot or reminiscing in this bumper collector’s edition. It’s literally everything you ever wanted to know about queer Ireland. Dig in now and get reading!

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