DRAG performer and bar owner Rory O’Neill admitted he would “regularly receive hate messages” after homophobic graffiti was painted on his ad.
After the restrictions eased, Rory’s Panti Bar pub on Dublin’s Capel Street reopened, but the happy occasion fizzled out.
The bar came under homophobic graffiti after someone wrote that “P ** o Bar” was painted on a building right next to their pub.
Rory, also known for his alter ego Panti Bliss, spoke about it on The Six O’Clock Show with Muireann O’Connell and Ray Foley.
He explained that he was not surprised because it was not the first time that he had experienced something like this.
The 52-year-old explained: “A lot of people were surprised by this and I can’t say we were surprised because it’s very easy to write to me for example you can find the address of the bar and just send me something in the post.
HORRIBLE HATE MAIL
“And we would regularly receive hate messages if you mean it.
“Now I don’t mean every day, but certainly every month and it goes up a little bit to Pride just because the gay is in the ether and there’s a bit of recoil or something.
“Two years ago at Pride, a guy wrapped duct tape around a brick and wrote on it ‘f ** s out and threw it out our window when we had customers inside.
“Now he has been arrested and sued, so we weren’t surprised. Usually when it’s the mail, we laugh about it.”
He continued, “But this time it was a little heartbreaking just because what he says is so disgusting and because we had just opened this weekend and Monday morning we have it. discovered.
“So it was like we had such a great weekend, everyone was so happy to be back and then to have this.
MONTH OF PRIDE
“But on the other hand, it also reminded me why pride is always a thing.”
He went on to say that the building it was painted on quickly covered it up and that they had a “pride shrine” instead of writing.
Rory also spoke about the reopening of her ad on Virgin Media, explaining that it was “emotional” to open the doors again.
He explained: “It was very moving in fact we had been closed for 15 months, it is very long.
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“Obviously it’s outside, but the weather has played ball in a spectacular way and it’s just amazing to see old and regular customers coming back.
“I don’t want to play too much, but there is a real sense of community about it.
“People are back seeing faces they find new stools outside, but it’s such a great second life it feels like it.”