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“…these stories collected by Charlie Bird, filled with bracing honesty and heart-breaking personal revelation, make clear that being gay in Ireland was perhaps a more essential aspect of Irish history and Irish reality than anyone was aware.”

Colm Tóibín


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Charlie Bird, inspired by the extraordinary ‘Yes Equality’ campaign, travelled the length and breadth of Ireland to meet some of the people most deeply affected by the referendum results. Their stories bring to life the reality of living in the shadow of inequality and oppression. A Day in May is a poignant record of their lives – of the pain, terror, confusion, the love and laughter – beautifully captured by Charlie Bird. Stunning portrait photography complement the voices on paper to powerful effect, amplifying the life- affirming impact of that day in May 2015 when Ireland said ‘Yes’ to marriage equality.

Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird is one of Ireland’s most well-known journalists and has had a long and distinguished career in Irish public service broadcasting. He spent over thirty-eight years working in RTÉ and held a number of positions including Chief News Reporter, Chief News Correspondent and Washington Correspondent. In November 2004 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws by University College Dublin for outstanding services to Irish journalism. In April 2015 he chaired the launch of the ‘Yes Equality’ marriage referendum campaign.

Kevin Rafter

Kevin Rafter

In preparing this book Charlie Bird worked with Kevin Rafter, Professor at Dublin City University. Kevin is the author of histories of Fine Gael, Democratic Left and Sinn Féin as well as over fifty research articles and chapters on subjects related to media and politics in Ireland. A former political journalist with the Irish Times, Sunday Times and Sunday Tribune he also presented the This Week programme on RTÉ Radio One. He previously worked with Charlie Bird and former minister Desmond O’Malley in writing their best-selling memoirs.

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