Unless you have been living under a rock here in Ireland you will now know that we are all part of a new Ireland. Last Saturday saw the sun rise on a new day, a day we saw Ireland make history as we became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage following a nation-wide referendum.
The yes vote has been a spectacular vote for all Irish society and a wonderful case study of democracy in action where we saw grannys, granddads, mothers, fathers, even dissenting priests and nuns, businesses and our politicians all speaking out for equal rights for our gay and lesbian citizens.
It was a heart wrenching campaign too with heroic outpourings from people across the country of their experiences and struggles in an unequal Ireland. All this truly energised our nation, with every city, town, village and townland, including our small village of Liscannor, coming out in droves and overwhelmingly in support of equal rights.
As we head forward to 2016 where we will be commemorating the 1916 rising, where we will be celebrating and having pride in Ireland’s independence, how better to do this with the pride the yes vote has certainly inspired in our generation. But also how this change for our society, shows the power of our voice in changing our country for the better of all.
And yes I do know there are other battles to ensure a fairer and just society for all, but for now it is important to celebrate this active voice of a new Ireland which is inspiring and shows the tremendous power of our community making us truly an island of many welcomes.
Céad Míle Fáilte to all from Liscannor.