Roscommon to feature on Australian TV referendum special

Various people and places from Co. Roscommon will feature on a programme about Ireland’s recent marriage equality referendum on the Australian TV channel ABC later this month.

  Same-sex marriages are not permitted in Australia, unlike in Ireland, which passed the referendum by a majority of over 60 per cent in May.

  Historically, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote, which resulted in the referendum attacting publicity from various countries through the world.

  Roscommon-South Leitrim was, however, the only constituency in the country to reject the referendum, which led to ABC’s decision to feature this county in a special programme on the subject.

  They interviewed prominent ‘yes’ campaigner Anne Rigney at her home in Knockcroghery on June 30. They also filmed her at some well-known sites in the area, such as Quaker Island in Portrun and Murray’s Pub, Knockroghery.

  Anne said: “They saw my poem, ‘Imagine It’s Your Child’, online and contacted me to feature me in the programme.”

  Anne’s son Darragh, who is 32, is gay.

  On the ‘no’ side, local community activist Gerry Browne, from Roscommon town, was interviewed about his stance on the referendum.