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Rock on Waterford rock transformed into a symbol of Pride after recent 'homophobic hate' in city

The landmark has been given a magnificent makeover to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community


Mount Misery in Waterford

Mount Misery in Waterford

Mount Misery in Waterford

An iconic local landmark in Waterford known as Mount Misery has been transformed into a symbol of Pride as it has been painted in bright rainbow colours. 

The rock has been given a magnificent makeover to mark to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community after recent series of disturbing incidents in the town.

During the week locals highlighted another act of “homophobic hate” in the city where Pride flags that were recently replaced after being burnt in an alleged arson attack were cut down.

In a Twitter post one person attached a picture of a poster in a window depicting a man and a woman in wedding outfits with the words, “It’s natural, it’s worked for thousands of year. And you can make babies.”

The tweeter added: “Homophobic hate on show in Waterford City again tonight - covered the place in ‘straight pride’ posters. This follows the burning of a Pride flag and the cutting down of the replacement Pride flag in just over a week. #Pride

Earlier in the month, flags that had been erected to mark “Pride of the Déise” - a celebration of the LGBTQ community in the county were removed for the second time in a week.

The flags, which were located outside the Menapia Building, on The Mall, replaced those that had been previously burnt overnight.

However, Éadaoin Breathnach of the Pride of the Deise Committee told the Waterford News & Star that they had had “great engagement locally and nationally with our events and virtual parade”.

“Flying the flag on The Mall with the Mayor was one of our first activities to open the festival and this act of flying the rainbow flag is important for many reasons,” Éadaoin said.

“We are showing our identities and solidarity with our community, locally, nationally and internationally. We recognise the struggles and the activism of so many before us that fought for the rights, acceptance and equality that we have today in Ireland. We think of our siblings in other countries that are still fighting and need our support and solidarity. We are still fighting for them.”

Éadaoin added that Waterford people had reacted so positively, in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

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“We cannot keep up with the demand for flags and we have been supported very generously by Dublin Pride in support of our flag flying activities,” she said.

“People want to fly the flag because they are part of the LGBTQ community, because someone in their family is, because someone they know is, because they are our allies.

"Citizens have painted Mt. Misery to show their support and it is great to be part of that tradition in Waterford as well.

“It would be a shame for the acts of a small group of homophobes to paint Waterford with a brush of being anything other than what it is – a safe and welcoming city and county.

“The actions of the citizens of Waterford are showing their beautiful proud colours in their businesses and homes right now. This is important for young LGBTQ people, for people struggling with their identity and it will reach community members who are experiencing isolation as well.”

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