The Outing Festival Team, Board Members, Volunteers
The Outing Festival CLG. is LGBT+ Not-for-Profit Organisation.
Ruth Dignam Head of Production (Chairperson The Outing Festival CLG)
DJ Ruth found her passion for DJing in a little local pub in her home town of Lucan, nearly 20 years ago. Not long after she found her true home, musically and socially, on the gay scene. She quickly became a well known and very well-liked part of the scene she loved. Over the years she has held long residencies in Dragon, Pro-homo, Spice, Dragged Up & Glitz to name but a few.
She has also guested on many other nights around Dublin including the George, Club Tease, Profile & Kiss. Also Gass in Galway
For many years Dj Ruth has played the Dublin Pride official parties, last three years playing on the main stage to thousands of people. (Having 15,000 plus people do the YMCA was a particular highlight!)
Festival Director and Founder Eddie McGuinness
Frank Cleary Co-Festival Director (Secretary The Outing Festival CLG & Board Member & Director)
Paul Ryder Head of Creative Production (Director & Board member The Outing Festival CLG)
Paul Ryder has been a performer with Dublin based drag troupe ‘DRAGGED UP’ for 8 years now which has seen him tour the UK and Ireland with his unique style of live performance. He is absolutely thrilled to be the guest host for ‘The Outing festival’ 2021 again now his 5th year alongside in the past Panti Bliss, Brenden Courtney & Alan Hughes with Eddie McGuinness by his side, and will just be off a whirlwind summer tour after hosting LGBT Pride events in Galway, Dublin, and Cork.
Darragh Downes Volunteer & Events Co-ordinator (Director & Board Member The Outing Festival CLG.)
“Darragh helped to organise Sligo Pride Festival as co-chair of the Festival Events team during 2020 and was a key member of the Pride team 2019 for Sligo Pride Comeback festival.
Fiona Thompson Head of Video Production (Board member The Outing Festival CLG)
Brew Mbirika Singer-songwriter & artist Co-ordinator (Board Member The Outing Festival CLG.)
“Brew brings diversity and unique talent of combining his rock edge and heavily melodic pop-rock songs to uplift a variety of audiences.
Vannessa Connell (Board member The Outing Festival CLG)
ISL/English Interpreter work well with people not machines bit of a technophobe.
Vannessa has been on the main stage at Dublin Pride as ISL/English Interpreter for over 10 years. This year she was the Grand Marshal for Dublin Pride on behalf of all Front Line Workers as she was face & sign for deaf community on behalf of HSE.
Michael Verrecchia Artist & Events Co-ordinator (Board Member The Outing Festival CLG)
Gary Duffy Volunteer Member Head of Graphic Design & Social Media plus Stage Prop & Design.
Gary from Knot Normal Crafts is a multi talented Craftsperson & Designer in the construction and staging sectors. Over the years He has designed and crafted stage props for numerous Pride stages as well as The Outing Festival stages. To add to this, Gary is also the Graphic Designer for The Outing Festival. He has worked with other Prides around the country with their graphics also…. it’s always handy to have a #GayCraftsMan in your life!
Noah Halpin (Board member The Outing Festival CLG)
Noah Halpin is a Transgender man from Dublin.
Noah is the founder and manager of the This Is Me – Transgender Healthcare Campaign Ireland. Which advocates for safe, accessible, person centred healthcare for all trans and non binary people in Ireland.
He also advocates and consults in the area of sexual health and is an active member of ACT UP Dublin.
Noah has worked and spoken at multiple pride and festivals including Dublin Pride.
Noah has been part of the Outing Festival team for three years now and is keenly involved in the organising of the festival throughout the year and puts his heart and soul into making sure the festival and shows run on time and ensures to keep the artists happy throughout.
Every year he looks forward to greeting both new and returning guests with a smile!
Daithí Naughton, Volunteer & Events Co-ordinator (Board Member The Outing Festival CLG)
Thomas Maher (Board member The Outing Festival CLG)
Thomas has looked after the door of the Festival wherewith is style and control has helped build the festival to where it is to date.
Thomas has worked alongside Eddie for decades at festivals, Pride’s, Club nights and over the years.
Monika Earner, Netherlands & Germany Marketing/Volunteer Co-ordinator at The Outing Festival CLG
Ian Goudie European Representative for The Outing Festival volunteer member.
Ian experienced and accomplished leader with extensive experience in business, marketing and community management, looking to expand my involvement in LGBT+ Pride events in Europe.
Extensive experience in managing and directing large-scale entertainment events and promotions, including Pride festivals, promotional tours and nightclub events.
EuroPride Vienna 2019, Ian found himself once again at the forefront of the community. “I am so pleased to be able to help bring EuroPride 2019 to Vienna,” says Ian. “Throughout my life, I’ve always fought for that feeling of inclusion for all the LGBTIQ community.
Jen Bowler, Volunteer & Artist Co-ordinator at The Outing Festival CLG
Jen Bowler is based in East Cork. She is the guitarist and backing vocalist for the band Sparkle. Sparkle is an original and cover band with songs on Spotify and all major music platforms. They also performed on Irelands got Talent 2019.
Lisa Daly Event Co-ordinator volunteer member at The Outing Festival CLG
She is also involved with the Special Olympics and is a Suicide Prevention Officer with the Haven Hub Limerick.
Sonya Mulligan, Board Member & Queer Arts Co-ordinator at The Outing Festival CLG
Therese Cahill volunteer member & looks after areas for the disabled community at The Outing Festival CLG
For both participants and performers alike.
Shortlisted for “Ireland’s Got Talent 2018”, she has toured with “farmer Micheal and Kathleen” and is a regular voice on Dublin’s Q102 as well as EastcoastFM. She also a frequent features writer for The Beacon online. With the cheekiest of grins, she reels off songs written somewhere deep within a slightly corrupt yet (mostly) harmless mind, all done with the smile that would win over even the most hardened of psychopaths! She’s the perfect mix of warmth and devilment!”
Lance Vn, Volunteer & videography and Droning Co-ordinator at The Outing Festival CLG
Lance was introduced to the Outing Festival in 2018 and hosted a hike along the cliffs and Moher in 2018.
In 2019 he hosted a hike through the wonders of West Ireland’s woodlands, offering his unique and quirky insights into local myths and legends. Depending on the weather he also has a habit of bursting into song with the right word. Lance can also be seen running around the Outing Festival with his camera and drone, capturing every opportunity for a good story.
Lance works as a Digital Media Executive for one of Ireland’s leading law firms and is a part-time video journalist for GCN magazine. He contributes writings to GCN and The Circular. He freelances in videography and Droning; having earned a pilots licence from the IAA in 2020.
Jim Lawless volunteer member at The Outing Festival CLG