Travel Tales with Fergal
Rory O'Neill - Panti Bliss
Our guest this week is Rory O’Neill, who is known as the drag queen Panti Bliss. Rory became a cultural lighting rod during the successful Irish marriage equality referendum in 2015 and is now famous all over the world as an Irish gay icon.
He talks on the podcast about the five trips and places that influenced him the most. He shares great stories of spending teenage summers in the south of France. Coming out in London in the 80’s and living through the Aids epidemic. He talks about travelling overland on the Trans Siberian Express and then living for 4 years in Tokyo where he learned his trade as a drag queen and his many trips to Sydney for the Mardi Gras. This episode really shines a light on why travel is so important in shaping a person’s outlook on life.
It is exactly one year since all hospitality businesses in Ireland had to close due to the pandemic. Rory owns the Pantibar in Dublin, so he knows first-hand the devastating effects of the lockdown restrictions. He speaks eloquently of the effects of that lockdown on people working in tourism.
Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is a weekly interview series listened to in over 70 countries. He interviews a special guest about their travels, adventures and experiences living abroad. The guests all have inspirational stories that enable people to armchair travel in their imagination.
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