February 15, 2011
First gay sauna has opened in Derry or Londonderry, the second-biggest city in Northern Ireland
The Cage offers a sauna, steam room, cinema and private rooms for consenting adults. It is owned and operated by Barry McGonigle, who actually moved from Belfast to open up this venture.
According to McGonigle, there were 22 visitors to the sauna on opening weekend. A small number for now, but hopefully the number will increase when more and more men become familiar with a gay sauna in Derry.
He says “there was a market for his business. It is for gay and bisexual men, but we don’t wear badges saying that. I can understand why people may be confused by some of the facilities, but I don’t see why they would be concerned.”
Time will tell