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Back row, left to right: Tara McKeon, Daniel Power, Liadh Young, Emma Chubb, Jade O’Toole, Ryan McConnell. Front row, left to right: Pamela Connolly, Beth Hayden, Sophie Bradley
Photo by Hazel Coonagh.

Glitter HOLE is a queer performance space, a DIY drag collective and a bit of a laugh. It is a response to my own frustration over the lack of diverse, non-corporate queer events taking place in Dublin and an attempt to establish a bit of variety in an often stale and exclusionary queer nightlife scene. Above all that, it is an excuse for my friends and to dress up and show off.

The idea came about in 2016, when decided to create the kind of night out wanted to go on, rather than lamenting that it wasn’t there. While was in college was attending drag shows most weeks at Pantibar and The Dragon. found that the closure of The Dragon, and the curtain closing on the Panti Show both had a big impact on the community and the variety of nights out that were available. Along with the lack of dedicated events and spaces for queer people, the nights that are available often only cater towards cis gay men.

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