Gaybash on George’s Street
Well-known club promoter, Buzz O’Neill was the subject of a brutal homophobic attack by four men outside The George last night.
O’Neill, who is behind the popular Dublin gay clubs FAG, Sunday Social and Bukkake, had spent the evening in Dublin’s best-known gay bar and had just left with a friend when the assault took place.
“I kissed my friend goodbye on the corner of the laneway, beside the dry cleaners and there was a taxi stopped beside me,” O’Neill explains. “One of the guys in it shouted ‘fucking faggot’ out the window. I told him to ‘fuck off’, and he spat at me out of the taxi.”
The man shouting abuse and three others then got out of the taxi and mounted a vicious attack on O’Neill, until a doorman from The George intervened and stopped them.
“I’m very shaken by it,” says O’Neill. “It’s terrible that in this day and age this can happen. We think that we’ve moved on and that things are better for gay people in Ireland. It’s awful to think that this can happen over sexuality, that me kissing a friend of mine goodbye would send a group of guys into such a rage, that they would spit at me and attack me.”
O’Neill would like to thank the doorman and manager from The George, along with the staff, who he says, “took great care of me”.