Home Youth service The fund began trying to ‘reclaim’ the loafers for the LGTBI+ community ahead of the auction

The fund began trying to ‘reclaim’ the loafers for the LGTBI+ community ahead of the auction

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A young woman has started a long-running fund to try and buy Ireland’s oldest gay bar loafers ahead of their auction next week.

The iconic Douglas St spot, opened by Derek Gerrity in 1983 before abruptly closing in 2015, is set to go under the hammer on February 17 with an indicative price set at €225,000.

Throughout these years, the Douglas Street spot has been used as a safe space for members of the marginalized community in Cork and beyond.

It used to be very popular but unfortunately in 2015 it was forced to close as it was operating under a lease and the owner decided to sell.

It is now set to be sold, but BidX1 auctioneers have been told the deal does not include a bar license.

Nonetheless, there is an effort to try and buy the place up and bring it back to its former glory – and if that fails, the funds will still go to a great cause.

Sarah Hanley, 24, started the GoFundMe and says her intention is “to create a space for our community where drink and drugs aren’t the only options, a space where free speech is celebrated, with a stage for all artists (day or night)”.

She added: “I would like our Queer family to have their mark on this facility in creating, nurturing and constantly evolving the way they envision their safe space.

“We could do something beautiful!”.

Sarah says the money raised will otherwise be split between BeLonG, a youth service which supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland and Sexual Health West, which offers support for people facing issues related to HIV and STIs.

You can consult the fund page here.

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