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The sunshine over the last few days might have finally convinced us that there is still potential for an Irish summer. You might just be waking up the possibilities of a seasonal shift, but hundreds of volunteers, organisers and banner wavers all over the country are waaaaay ahead of you. Pride season is in full swing!

In case you missed the news, The Kingdom have just celebrated their first ever Pride (Kerry Pride: May 20th -26th). Massive congratulations to everyone involved, it looks to have been a great success. There are some super cheerful and sunny pictures on their website in case you need convincing to schedule that one into your diary for next year.

Another county working hard to start off Pride season every year is Waterford who celebrated Pride just over a week ago (May 27th – June 2nd). Because they’re such an organised bunch, they already have provisional dates for 2014 (I am seriously impressed), so that’ll be around May 26th to June 1st 2014.

Hot on the heels of Waterford is my hometown, Dublin. Dublin Pride kicks off this week and will run from June 12th – 30th. The parade, which is really not to be missed if you’re in the area at all, will be the afternoon of Saturday the 29th. A list of events can be found here. Dublin Pride is celebrating its 30th birthday this June, I think we can all raise a glass to that!

North of the border, Belfast Pride is scheduled a little earlier than usual this year due to Belfast having an overcrowded dance card this summer with the World Police and Fire Games going on. Have to be honest, the games sound well worth a trip up north. So there’s enough accomodation and venues to go around, Belfast is graciously moving its Pride celebrations to run from Friday 28th June to Saturday 6th July, with the Belfast Pride Parade and Party in the Square on Saturday 6th July.

The 8th annual Cork Pride kicks off just one day after Belfast, so if you’re a Pride tourist that’s going to be a tough decision. The Cork Pride 2013 dates this year coincide with the August bank holiday, so that’ll be from the 29th of July to the 5th of August. The parade will be on Sunday the 4th of August 2012 @ 3pm (TBC). Cork is always a super exuberant Pride, I highly recommend dropping by if you’re in the area. And is that a new website guys? Looks lovely.

Northwest Pride combines the proud citizens of Sligo, Donegal and Leitrim and beyond. Sligo, where the parade is held, holds the world record for the world’s smallest parade city (town, really). Size has little to do with it though, Northwest Pride is an incredibly well thought-out event which is powered by the extreme love and dedication of its organisers and volunteers. Now in it’s seventh year, 2013′s celebrations will be held between August 9th and 18th.

Next up, don your maroon jersey and head out west for Galway Pride! Galway Pride takes us almost to the end of August, with events running from the 23rd to the 26th of August. They have a full list of events on their Facebook page here. Believe it or not, Galway Pride is in its 23rd year this year, which is no mean achievement. Apparently, they can also claim the longest continuous running Pride Parade in Ireland. There’s one for the table quizzes.

Closing out Ireland’s annual Pride festivities is Limerick. Needless to say the town which is shortlisted to host the Gay Games in 2018 can host one hell of a Pride festival. Need proof? Limerick Pride were the winners of this year’s GALA for regional event of the year! This year’s dates are 30th August to 8th September so make sure put them in your diary as it’s your last chance to soak up the sun and rainbow colours before winter sets in again and we all have to put our flags into hibernation.

Everyone got their diaries filled for the months ahead? Good stuff. This is the summer’s Pride calendar for Ireland (RoI and NI) as far as I’m aware, if there’s a Pride happening near you that we missed let us no in the comments and we’ll add it in.

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