Along with marriage equality in Ireland, the country just hung out a giant rainbow-colored "you are welcome" sign to the world. Within a few hours of the historic vote, Tourism Ireland released this video inviting the gay world to visit Ireland. LGBT-friendly Ireland is ready for you to come visit, join the celebration and, who knows, maybe get gay married yourself!
You can be sure ManAboutWorld will be covering Ireland in the months to come, but if you're eager to get going, check out the summer fare sale by Aer Lingus and these tour operators:
Tour operators in Ireland
•Brendan Vacations, the leader in luxury vacations to Ireland, operated very first gay tours of Ireland (in 2003) for RSVP Vacations. They offer four different styles of vacations, including chauffeured- and self-drive options.
• Vagabond Tours of Ireland specializes in local experiences, offering 4×4 active vacations and small motor coach groups.
• Rail Tours Ireland offers rail-based tours from two days to nine.
Single but wanna get gay married to an Irishman (or Irishwoman)? We have just the ticket! This year's The Outing, the 3rd annual LGBT matchmaking and music festival, takes place October 2-4. We covered it in our July/August 2014 issue. The outing is a gay offshoot of the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival (August 28-October 4) -- going strong since the 1850s. This fall, we expect same-sex couples will not only be able to meet there, but get married too!
Video and photo above courtesy Tourism Ireland. Photo middle right: Cian Markey.