Arklow town made history today when it became the first place in the Republic of Ireland to install a permanent Pride Rainbow Pedestrian Crossing. The project which is situated on the main street was initiated by local filmmaker, author, and LGBTQ+ activist Dave Thomas.
Having first proposed the crossing in 2016 with it ultimately being unsuccessfull, Dave proposed the initiative again in early 2021.
“I am thrilled beyond words that Arklow Municipal District accepted my proposal and
created this amazing crossing on Arklow’s Main Street. It would never have happened
without the support from the Arklow Town Team, Town Engineers, Arklow Municipal
District Staff and Administrator Claire Lawless, along with the County Councillors.
I would like to give a special mention to Cllr. Peir Leonard who took on this initiative on my behalf and who underlined the importance of this project to the other Councillors. Cllr. Leonard has been a fantastic ally for the Arklow LGBTQ+ people.” Says Dave.
“It is a very important public statement from Arklow on acceptance of the diversity of the town, publicly supporting the LGBTQ+ community and it clearly tells young people questioning their sexuality that no matter who you are or what your sexuality may be, you are accepted for who you are in your own hometown. It acts as a beacon of hope,
inspiration, and support.”
“It also is a very public way to celebrate the diversity in the town and to show the world how progressive Arklow can be.”
The colourful crossing can be seen at the Traffic Lights located at the Post Office in the
centre of Arklow’s Main Street.