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angus buchan

Up to 1,400 people have turned up to see a pastor who claims prayer can 'cure' gay people

Sixty people protested against the visit of Angus Buchan, who also teaches that women should submit to their husbands.

UP TO 1,400 people turned up to see controversial pastor Angus Buchan giving a talk in Kilkenny last night.

The South African evangelical preacher, who styles himself as Uncle Angus and has his own app, says gay men can be cured by prayer – with his help.

As part of his lucrative brand, Buchan hosts ‘mighty men’ conferences, where he teaches that women should submit to their husbands, and that men should physically discipline their children without their wives’ ‘interference’.

He was previously banned from using council property in Scotland for his talks, and last week Kilkenny’s 28-year-old mayor Patrick O’Neill signed an online petition objecting to his visit.

Alan Slattery of the LGBT community in Kilkenny said 60 people protested outside the event in Cíllin Hill, Kilkenny last night – although they decided to oppose his views, rather than his right to host the event.

“Our only intention was to go there and to say we don’t agree with his views on LGBT, women or how parents,” Slattery told

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We weren’t protesting the event taking place.

“There was a petition to stop him coming to Kilkenny, but that was a separate thing I wasn’t involved in. We had a meeting that was decided we should go down and have a peaceful protest.”

He was told by organisers there were 1,400 people at the event in the Hub at Cillín Hill. was unable to reach the events centre and calls to Buchan’s Irish operation were not returned.

Kilkenny mayor Patrick O’Neill said “there seemed to be a good crowd inside”.

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