© John O’Brien
I first met Daniel when visiting Brussels for Pride in 2001 with LUBE, Ireland’s leather club at the tune. But my abiding memory of Daniel was when MSC Belgium visited Dublin for Pride in 2003. Daniel stayed with Joe and I in our house in Sallins, a small village 50km outside Dublin, and he thought nothing of going into Dublin on the commuter train in full leather. During his stay, we visited Dublin’s botanical gardens, Daniel chose to wear full combat gear for the visit. Walking through the gardens, we met Senator David Norris (a gay rights activist) who upon seeing Daniel proclaimed “Gentleman, Iraq is that way!”.