As attitudes to homosexuality in Dublin have become increasingly liberal over the last two decades, so the capital’s gay community has grown in confidence, and a small but vibrant scene has established a niche in the city’s social life. The latest information on gay events and venues in Dublin is provided by Outhouse, 105 Capel St (t01/873 4999, wwww.outhouse.ie), a gay and lesbian resource centre with a café and a small library, or from Gay Switchboard ( t01/872 1055, wwww.gayswitchboard.ie). The free magazine GCN (Gay Community News) has detailed listings of upcoming events and can be found in the gay-friendly Books Upstairs, 17 D’Olier St, or in clubs and bars. Useful websites include wwww.queerid.com for events and news and wwww.gaire.com for information, message boards and online chat.

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