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About Us

Mr Gay Ireland and Mr Gay Northern Ireland is now in its tenth year. MGI is a civic and visibility project founded by Brian Merriman and run by volunteers from the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival ( The all-island event promotes visibility for young gay people, and safe sex awareness, in cities, towns and communities, especially in rural Ireland. Contestants are visible locally and take part in an intensive weekend of confidence building, gay rights advocacy, networking, civic society engagement and fun each October Bank Holiday weekend in Dublin. Over the past few years, contestants have exclusively fundraised for the New Fill HIV facial reconstruction service at St James Hospital Dublin. 100% of the funds raised by the contestants is donated directly to the New Fill facial restoration service at The Guide Clinic (sexual health) whose volunteer doctors and nurses inject collagen where facial muscles of people living with HIV, have wasted as a result of a reaction to some HIV medicines. To date our contestants have donated 145,000 euros to HIV and gay causes since 2005.

Sponsor MGI


Sponsors can support Mr Gay Ireland as funds are needed to host the 20 heats throughout the country and to ensure this fundraising opportunity continues to donate 100% of funds raised to this underfunded and vital charitable cause. We also send our winners to compete in the Mr Gay World (Ireland won in2009) and Mr Gay Europe (Ireland won in 2013) competitions, where Ireland holds a considerable track record of success. Ireland has been to the forefront in promoting a human rights agenda at these events and in building an international network of solidarity between LGBT communities who can live in freedom and those who can not. Any additional funds raised will support the 12th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival (May 4th-17th 2015) creating in Dublin a unique mainstream space for diverse artists to tell their stories through theatre as an artform. 

Thank you


The volunteers at Mr Gay Ireland thank all who have contributed to this event, impossible to imagine in earlier year. Our generous hosts are The Gibson Hotel, the Arlington Hotel, O'Connell Bridge, the venues, community groups and companies who select delegates or make donations. Our Grand Final hosts have included Brendan Courtney, Sonya Lennon, Conor Clear, Andrea Hayes, Darren Kennedy, Orla Barry and Scott de Buitleir.

Mr Gay Ireland is continually grateful to our supporters over the years including The Gibson Hotel, the Arlington Hotel, graphic designer, Carl Eoin Nash,, Bone Wear, Gaydar, Fotacal Press & PR, Newry, EILE Magazine, Trevor Hart photography, Matt Whitby design, L'Oreal, Nivea, AlphaMale Undies and private sponsors. Guest performance artists include Ryan Sheridan, Brian Kennedy, Dustin, Karl Dawson, Dean and the Ikonics, Steve Martyn, Peter Smith, Elle D, the Magpies, musicians, and dancers. Our judges have included the Presidents of Mr Gay World and Mr Gay Europe, Bairbre Power, Michael Doyle, Roz Purcell, Glenda Gilsen, Sarah Morrissey, and reigning Miss Irelands, Ashley Paternella, Mr Gay Aruba.

Who can become Mr Gay Ireland

/Mr Gay Northern Ireland:

The Mr Gay Ireland and Mr Gay Northern Ireland annual competition is open to any man who self identifies as being gay and qualifies for international competition criteria. Heats are held from June each year throughout the island of Ireland. Entry is free, and venues and groups can apply to hold a heat by contacting us through Facebook/MrGay Ireland or through Check out our website for updates. Thank you for your continuing support in difficult times.

The Mr Gay Ireland 2015 Team

Executive Producer: Brian Merriman

Webmaster: Columba O'Hare (Fotocal Press and PR, Newry

PR: Martin Clancy + Mark Graham

Design: Carl Eoin Nash 

Stage Manager: Oran Ostinelli

Sponsorship: Brian Merriman + Mark Graham

Current Title Holders:

Robbie Lawlor, Mr Gay Ireland 2014

Nick Flanagan, Mr Gay Northern Ireland 2014

Ticket Sales and Technical support: International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival

Locations: The Front Lounge, Pantibar, The George, The Gibson Hotel, Arlington Hotel

Accommodation: The Gibson Hotel

Media Partner: EILE Magazine

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