Category Archives: Dublin

By @ 09/12/18 in Dublin, Gay travel, Michael Siebert, Travel

Oscar Wilde's new hat is rainbow colored Oscar Wilde’s New Hat has a rainbow design. It’s by acclaimed hat maker Margaret O’Connor at the Fringe Festival according to ManAboutWorld global correspondent Michael Siebert. According to the website:

Dublin’s statues are getting a head-turning makeover. Acclaimed hat maker Margaret O’Connor is taking her haute couture creations to the streets as she designs bespoke hats for the heads of some of our city’s icons. Drawing inspiration from the lives of the statues’ subjects, O’Connor’s decadent and mischievous street art millinery will make you look twice at some familiar landmarks and help you discover new ones.

Sir John Gray Monument (O’Connell Street Lower, D1)
William Smith O’Brien (O’Connell Street Lower, D1)
Daniel O’Connell (O’Connell Monument, O’Connell Street Lower, D1)
Four Angels Fountain (College Green, D2)
Molly Malone (Suffolk St, D2)
Oscar Wilde Memorial Sculpture (Oscar Wilde and Constance Lloyd, Merrion Square, D2)
The Kiss (corner of Earlsfort Terrace and Hatch Street, D2)
Anna Livia (Wolfe Tone Quay, Arran Quay, D7)

Countess Markievicz’s hat has been removed from the statue to keep it safe. It is on display at the Dublin Fringe Festival Box Office (2 Curved Street, Temple Bar, D2) from 13 September.

About Michael Siebert

Born in, Topeka, Kansas of all places, Michael Joseph Siebert is a seasoned traveler thanks to life itself. Initially, Michael got “bit by the travel bug” as a clinical instructor at an optometry school in Utrecht, The Netherlands. A few years later, Michael lived in South America and volunteered  as an optometrist with, which took him all over the world for the past 10 years.

Currently, Michael is living and working in Australia, as an independent traveling optometrist throughout Australia and New Zealand, where all his passions, patient care, photography, philanthropy and travel are merged into one.

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By @ 09/10/15 in Dublin, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel


Ireland is quickly seeing the effects of becoming a country that has the freedom to marry. In less than a few months since the historic referendum, it is estimated that 13% or more of the hospitality economy is made up of gay and lesbian travelers. LGBT Capital has said that the LGBT market has contributed $943 million to the economy alone.

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By @ 05/24/15 in Dublin, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Along with marriage equality in Ireland, the country just hung out a giant rainbow-colored “you are welcome” sign to the world. Within a few hours of the historic vote, Tourism Ireland released this video inviting the gay world to visit Ireland.

LGBT-friendly Ireland is ready for you to come visit, join the celebration and, who knows, maybe get gay married yourself!

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 8.20.27 PMYou can be sure we’ll be covering Ireland in the months to come, but if you’re eager to get going, check out the summer fare sale by Aer Lingus and these tour operators:

Tour operators in Ireland

  • The very first gay tours of Ireland (in 2003) were operated for RSVP Vacations by Brendan Vacations, the leader in luxury vacations to Ireland, with four different styles of vacations, including chauffeured- and self-drive options.
  • Vagabond Tours of Ireland specializes in local experiences, offering 4×4 active vacations and small motor coach groups.
  • Rail Tours Ireland offers rail-based tours from two days to nine.

LGBT Matchmaking

Single but wanna get gay married to an Irishman (or Irishwoman)? We have just the ticket! This year’s The Outing, the 3rd annual LGBT matchmaking and music festival, takes place October 2-4. We covered it in our July/August 2014 issue. The outing is a gay offshoot of the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival (August 28-October 4) — going strong since the 1850s. This fall, we expect same-sex couples will not only be able to meet there, but get married too!

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Video and photo above courtesy Tourism Ireland. Photo middle right: Cian Markey.

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By @ 05/24/15 in Dublin, Gay marriage, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Yes means yes!

Yes means yes!

Congratulations, Ireland. Way to lead the world. This is the first time gays have been granted marriage equality through national referendum. (They like us, they really like us.) It feels like it marks a significant milestone in the journey to equality for LGBT people. Read more in today’s New York Times.

Now, let’s start planning a trip to Eire to join the festivities.

Photo: Ken Danieli.


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