The Outing Team & Board Members

The Outing Festival Director and Founder Eddie McGuinness

Eddie McGuinness draw’s on considerable experience in promotion and event management for over 30 plus years. Among much PR work in Ireland & the UK, Eddie is Dublin LGBTQ + Pride Festival & Parade Manager; a multi-faceted celebration attracting the participation of 100,000+ people and now Ireland’s largest LGBT + Pride Festival. Eddie has also designed and hosted highly publicised LGBT events, including “Club Tease” award-winning gay club to Award-winning Magazine ‘free! Magazine’, which similarly fused gay culture and traditional Ireland garnering national media coverage.

Frank Cleary Co-Festival Director (Board Chairperson The Outing Festival)

Frank was a previous Festival Chair and Board Chair for Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival & Parade. Coordinated many of the Dublin Pride events for a number of years from Parade and Post Parade show, to Pride Night, Dyke Night, Launch events, etc. Frank has been involved with The Outing Festival for the last 8 years, helping to plan and run the festival. Frank is big into Music, Musical Theatre, Eurovision (obsessed actually), Entertainment, Travel, Culture, and all-around lover of having a good time! Excited for The Outing festival as it moves into its new venue and continues to grow in popularity!

Paul Ryder (Director & Board member The Outing Festival CLG)

Paul Ryder is currently the host of The Ringmasters Drag Race 2021 has been a fixture on the entertainment scene for over ten years.
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 along side in the past Panti BlissBrenden Courtney  & Alan Hughes and will just be off a whirlwind summer tour after hosting LGBT Pride events in Galway, Dublin, and Cork.

Ruth Dignam (Director & Board member The Outing Festival CLG)

Ruth is head of Production and content of The Outing Festival and volunteers at The Outing Festival since before 2015.

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!)

Darragh Downes Volunteer & Events Co-ordinator (Director & Board Member The Outing Festival)

Darragh organised the Sligo Pride Festival, Chaired of the Festival Events team. This year again stepped in as volunteer & events coordinator as we develop the festival over the next few years and is one of the backbone members of The Outing festival team since year one in 2018.

Vannessa Connell (Board member The Outing Festival CLG)

Volunteer at The Outing Festival and volunteers

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.

Daithí Naughton, Volunteer & Events Co-ordinator (Board Member The Outing Festival CLG) 

Daithí Naughton organised the Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival, Chaired the Festival committee, Events Management and Communications Communicating between the Board of Directors and the operational committees and teams. Daithí also key member out LGBT Society in DIT Dublin and organised all of their key events while at college there.
Daithí this year again stepped in as events coordinator as we develop the festival over the next few years and is one of the backbone members of The Outing festival team since year one in 2013.

EMcG PR & Events

EMcG is one of Ireland’s leading Public Relations, Productions and Events management companies with a proven track record in organising PR and events and constructing PR strategies. Our extensive network of contacts and suppliers in all areas of media and events industry will ensure the provision of a first class service at all stages.


Dandy’s Lighting
Dandy’s is an Irish design house which specialises in show design. Our concepts have toured globally with many international artists.


Murt Whelan Sound 

Our Concert Sound is centred around our Flagship systems from Electro-Voice and AVID Consoles.  We use Industry Standard AVID Venue consoles at both ends of the Multicore and our Concert Sound Line arrays can be scaled to suit any event.

Our Award-Winning Theatre Sound Department with over 15 years in the Theatre Industry has the systems & personnel to deliver an unrivalled standard of excellence.  As part of our Theatre package, we will meet with the Director/Producer prior to the event to discuss all aspects of the script and audio expectations.  This ensures hassle-free production rehearsals and flawless opening nights.

At Murt Whelan Sound Ltd., we can cater for any type of corporate event.  Our professional and courteous team is at hand for your entire event to ensure that all audio aspects of your event run smoothly.  We have scalable systems that are designed around your event to meet your specific requirements.

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