Pride Month at Irish Citylink

Around the world, June is recognized as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, celebrating the queer history and the steps taken to where the community is today. Pride Month and pride celebrations are celebrated across the globe in various forms – through music, street performances, parades, and parties. For many in the queer community, it is a highlight to the calendar as community members and allies come together and show the power of equality.

A little history of Pride in Ireland:

The first pride week to be held in Ireland was back in 1979 – 10 years after the Stonewall Uprising, which saw LGBTQ Protesters clashed with police in New York in 1969. The first pride parade to be held in Ireland was June 1983, and 10 years later, in 1993, homosexuality was decriminalized, which was a monumental step forward for Irish LGBTQ+ Rights. Since then, equality for the gay community has been gradual, with the 2010 Civil Partnership Act and the 2015 referendum to legalize same-sex marriage.

At Citylink, Pride is incredibly important, not just for the workplace but also for our customers. This is because we strive to provide an inclusive space for all. So the importance of Pride at Citylink is not just for the month of June but is key to the company ethos. We recognized that workplaces, especially over the last couple of years, have been going through many changes. With hybrid working, change of careers, back to the office – but the one thing that remains a constant, including here at Citylink, is the value of diversity, inclusion, and equality.

Citylink provides a whole host of services across Ireland – Galway, Athlone, Cork, Dublin, Limerick, and an array of towns and villages along the way. As a company that serves many communities and people, we must show our support in any way we can.

Limerick Pride, 2019.

Pride celebrations around Ireland continue to grow. We’re delighted to serve many towns and cities that celebrate pride and show their support to the LGBTQ+ Community. We were delighted to see Inishowen host the inaugural pride in County Donegal. We hope to see many more like it in the future.

Citylink is proud to support Limerick Pride (July 4th – July 10th). Limerick Pride has lots to offer, including drag shows, performances, and art. Keep an eye on our socials for fun and exciting Pride content. We will continue to show our support for the many festivities and celebrations across the country.

Irish Citylink becomes the first Coach Service in Ireland to officially recognise the Sunflower lanyard.

Citylink team and Hidden Disabilities team holding sunflower decals beside the blue and yellow Citylink bus.
Citylink team and Hidden Disabilities team holding sunflower decals beside the blue and yellow Citylink bus.
Citylink team and Hidden Disabilities team!

Irish Citylink has today become the first Irish Coach Service to recognise the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower officially! Not all disabilities are visible – some are not immediately obvious. The Sunflower acts as an awareness tool – someone can choose to wear it to discreetly indicate that they have a non-visible disability and may need support, help, or simply a little more time while traveling.  

Everyone has the right to travel and choose where they want to go! But traveling for some can present significant obstacles. Irish Citylink understands that by increasing the awareness of non-visible disabilities within the company and promoting the Sunflower, we can contribute to enhancing our passenger experience for Irish Citylink customers. 

“We are delighted that Ireland’s largest Coach operator, Irish Citylink, has become the first coach operator in Ireland to join the Sunflower network. It is a clear demonstration that they understand the importance of making travel accessible for everyone, including people with non-visible disabilities.”

Paul White, CEO, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower.

Irish Citylink is honoured to be the first Irish Coach Service to support Hidden Disabilities and help our passengers travel with confidence and independence on our Sunflower-friendly coach services. Sunflower lanyards are available for free by contacting their offices in Galway or Dublin or by picking one up from their reception. 

“I am delighted that Irish Citylink is the first Coach Operator in Ireland to launch the Sunflower. It’s imperative to ensure that we are always looking for new ways in which we can improve our services and support our passengers. At Citylink, our goals surrounding corporate responsibility include everyone having equal opportunities to travel independently knowing that they will be supported.”

General Manager, Frances Cahill

The Sunflower recently launched in Ireland following its success in the UK. Established in 2016, organisations have adopted it globally to support their colleagues and customers. The Sunflower is recognised across a broad range of sectors – ranging from retail, financial services, and transport, including over 140 airports, travel, and tourism, universities, schools, and colleges. Other sectors include theme parks, supermarkets, leisure facilities, healthcare, financial services, emergency services, and theatres. With offices located in Ennis, County Clare, the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower is now growing across Ireland.  

The Sunflower is available in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the UK, the USA, and Ireland. 

Learn more about Hidden Disabilities Sunflower