Brendan Fay

8 results

Activist Tarlach MacNiallais moved from Belfast to New York in the mid-1980s. Photograph: Ray Hegarty via The New York Times

This article is one of a series about people who have died with coronavirus in Ireland and among the diaspora. Read more at

Rescue workers carry fatally injured New York City Fire Department chaplain, Fr Mychal Judge, from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11th, 2001. Judge was the first official victim of the 9/11 attacks. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Often, Irish identity abroad is linked to a number of accepted traits. At times, this idealised identity has not seemed flexible enough to contain dif(...)

Brendan Fay: ‘I feel a depth of gratitude for the determined LGBT activists here and in Ireland who rose up in dark times and struggled for civil rights.’ Photograph: Ray Hegarty

“Happy Pride!” I’ll be hearing the odd greeting a thousand times. People often ask, why do you go? I tell them I march because I can. I am alive for a(...)

Brendan Fay (with thumb up) at the New York St Patrick’s Day parade

“Sometimes they were very blunt: ‘If you’re gay, you can’t be Irish.’ There was a lot of stupidity,” says community activist and filmmaker Brendan Fay(...)

 Sir Terry Wogan receives a posthumous Presidential Distinguished Service Awards.  Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Much-missed broadcaster Terry Wogan, ground-breaking architect Angela Brady and innovative scientist Garret A FitzGerald are among the recipients of t(...)

“This is unbelievable,” said an emotional Brendan Fay, the co-founder of the group, the Lavender & Green Alliance (marching above), who fought for 25 years for the parade to be opened up to gay groups. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

The first Irish LGBT group to march in New York City’s 255-year-old St Patrick’s Day parade walked proudly up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue with mayor Bill(...)

The St Pat’s For All parade. “St Pat’s For All is almost restoring something the Irish were known for – being welcoming,” said founder Brendan Fay. Photograph: Ed Weidman

I’m in a small kitchen two blocks away from the last stop on the Q train – it smells like caramel and clean laundry and I’m talking to Tom Moul(...)

Gay rights activists protest on Fifth Avesnue at the 2012 St Patrick’s Day parade in New York. New York mayor Bill de Blasio is boycotting this year’s parade because of its ban on  public displays of gay pride. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The decisions by the New York City and Boston mayors to boycott St Patrick’s Day parades over the exclusion of gay, lesbian and transgender gro(...)