Donation to National Museum

Katherine Zappone Dress National Museum

Local social campaigner and Dublin South West Minister Katherine Zappone, has donated dresses she and her late spouse Ann Louise Gilligan wore at their renewal of vows following the Marriage Equality Referendum to the National Museum. The dresses will form part of future exhibitions at the Museum reflecting the huge social changes which have taken place in the country. Minister Zappone and Dr Gilligan took legal action which paved the way for the Marriage Referendum and were leaders of the campaign in Templeogue, Tallaght and Citywest.

Making the donation Minister Zappone added: “Ireland is going through a period of immense social change as we become a country which is fairer, kinder and just. I see this as I meet people of all ages in our local communities in Dublin South West.It is important for generations to come that the National Museum of Ireland records these huge social changes, and how they must never be reversed. It is an honour to make this donation and contribute in some small way to ensure that happens.”

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

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