The Outing Festival CLG. Team & Board Members
The Outing Festival Director and Founder Eddie McGuinness
Frank Cleary Co-Festival Director (Secretary The Outing Festival CLG & Board Member & Director)
Ruth Dignam (Director & Board member 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!)
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.
Paul Ryder (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.
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)
Noah Halpin (Board member The Outing Festival CLG)
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, Volunteer & Events Co-ordinator at The Outing Festival CLG
Jim Lawless volunteer member at The Outing Festival CLG
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.