I am Traveller

Our histories and heritage

Thank You to all who came along to the I am Traveller discussion at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life on Saturday 23rd February.  Over the coming weeks film footage of the event will be added to this page.  

A particular thanks to the thanks to the panellist Mary Collins, Mayo, Hugh Friel, Donegal, Oein DeBhairduin, Tuam and Dublin for sharing their knowledge and lived experiences.  A special thanks  to Senator Kelleher who facilitated the friendly flow of the event. 

L-R, Senator Colette Kelleher, Hugh Friel, Donegal Traveller Project, Oein deBhairduin, I.T.M., Mary Collins, M.T.S.G., Lynn Scarff, N.M.I.

The format of the event was relaxed and comfortable enabling a full and open discussion.  The discussions focused on the lived reality of many layers of discrimination faced by members of the Traveller community and many structural challenges. 

L-R, Oein de Bhairduin, Mary Collins, Hugh Friel and Senator Colette Kelleher

The importance of visibility of Traveller culture in schools and museums was also explored, and the importance of a continued long-term conversation between museums and the Traveller community to deeply embed Traveller culture visability and social inclusion values.






Biographies of panellists



More photographs from the day