Rebecca Harold of TransLife Kilkenny in conversation with Una Mullally, journalist with the Irish Times, author and poet.

June 25, 2021

In January 2020 Kilkenny became a vital place of support for the trans community both within the county and in the wider south east region with the establishment of TransLife Kilkenny. This phenomenal achievement was led by Rebecca Harold, a native of the city. As Kilkenny city changed so too did Rebecca, a journey she shares in this very special talk.


In 2020, Rebecca Harold established Translife Kilkenny with the assistance of Kilkenny Leader Partnership. After coming out as trans, she quickly realised there was limited support structures for adults in Kilkenny and the south east and was determined to change this. She now facilitates support groups in the region, regularly speaks in public about trans issues and is active in national events such Mental Health Week.

Una Mullally is a writer from Dublin, Ireland. As a journalist she writes articles for newspapers, including columns - weekly for the Irish Times, and occasionally for the Guardian. Her articles have also appeared in Granta, the New York Times, and elsewhere. As an author she writes books such as In The Name Of Love (2014), an oral history of the marriage equality movement in Ireland, and the anthology Repeal the 8th (2018), which she edited. As a poet she writes poems, which she and others have performed in various places and at various times when and where poems are called for. As a screenwriter she co-writes films with Sarah Francis, two of which are in development with Screen Ireland. There are other things she does too, most of which relate to organising and contributing to things that appeal to her, with a view to feeling alive.

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