June 9, 2023

Pride 2023 with Limerick Youth Service

A celebration of the LGBTQI+ youth community,  an online information service and the annual Pride Youth Party,  are all part of a busy week of events as Limerick Youth Service (LYS) and GOSHH celebrate Limerick Pride 2023.

Organised by members of the LGBTQI+ Youth Group, the week promises to be a colourful affair with music, games, art and plenty of colour!

‘We are all looking forward to what promises to be a very enjoyable and action-packed week,’ said Emily Panter, LYS.

‘The young people have been very busy organising the week and we are looking forward to the celebrations, particularly the Youth Party,’ said youth worker Emily.

The LGBTQI+  Youth Group has been to the fore in supporting young people and their families who identify as LGBTQI+.

‘Although attitudes have changed there are still young people for whom ‘coming out’ can be a lonely and tough place and that is where our group helps,’ said Emily.

‘We have two groups (one for 14-17yrs and the other for 18-23yrs) who meet weekly at LYS where they meet friends and access support and information on issues such as sexuality and gender,’ said Emily.

Pride Youth Festival 2023

Part of the wider Limerick Pride Festival, the Pride youth events are open to all young people regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation with full details available below:

  • Drop In Youth Café
    • Teenagers are invited to find out more about the opportunities for LGBTQI+ young people at Limerick Youth Service, from youth clubs to educational courses and wellbeing supports
    • Venue: Lava Javas Youth Café, 5 Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick
    • Thursday, July 6th 4-7pm
  • Pride Youth Party
    • Celebrate this year’s Pride with colour, art and live music!
    • Venue: Lava Javas Youth Café, 5 Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick
    • Friday, July 7th (5-9pm)
    • Ages: 14-19yrs
  • Pride Pre-Parade Party
    • Prepare for this year’s Pride Parade as we make banners, bunting, facepainting and more!
    • Venue: Lava Javas Youth Café, 5 Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick
    • Saturday, July 8th (11am-3pm)
    • Ages: 14-19yrs
  • LGBTQI+ Chat Service
    • LYS Youth Information Centre will be available throughout the week where young people can speak with Youth information Officer about coming-out, accessing support, use of words & more.
    • Venue: Online via
    • Weekdays 4-8pm

      I think I might be bi-sexual? Speak more with a Youth Information Officer

For information on the Pride youth events please contact Emily at or call/text 061-412444 or 087-3508572.

LGBT+ Youth Limerick is a partnership between LYS and GOSHH and is a group where LGBTQI+ young people can spend time, meet friends and access support and guidance.

Now celebrating its 50th year, LYS remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.

LYS is a member of Youth Work Ireland and the Irish Association of Community Training Centre Organisations.

GOSHH-Gender Orientation Sexual Health HIV ensures that the mental, emotional, physical and social well-being of everyone is promoted and sexual rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.