The Power of Community, Collaboration and Gratitude 

  Tusla and Traveller Families Care recently held an event to express gratitude for their collaborative work with the Travelling Community. The event, which took place on Monday, November 13th, celebrated their joint Project under the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy.   The Project aims to increase the number of culturally appropriate foster homes available…

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Patrick Mc Donagh-My Journey to Strasbourg

Submitted by Patrick Mc Donagh I recently embarked on a journey to Strasbourg, France, representing Eurodesk Ireland as a youth delegate at the European youth event 2023.Being the only Irish Traveller in attendance, I realized the significance of Traveller representation at such events, given the limited opportunities our community often faces. Through his participation, he…

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Travellers Taking Over

By John Madden On Friday 17th November, 12 young Travellers from across Galway took on the roles of museum guides in the Galway City Museum as part of Takeover Day 2017. It was the second year that the museum was involved in this unique initiative but it was the first year that it involved a…

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More than just Banter and Canter

By John Madden Across the country there are several horse projects in operation. One such project is the Offaly Traveller Movement (OTM). The project began as a six-month pilot scheme and after a successful trial run; it was decided to continue it and to roll out a separate one in Laois. These began in 2011…

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Raising the Yellow Flag With Margaret McDonagh

  By David Jo Murphy.   Irish society is becoming more varied and culturally diverse with each passing generation and our schools are at the forefront of these changes. Whilst there is excellent work taking place in schools to ensure that they are inclusive places I still regularly hear terrible accounts from Travellers about the…

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A Safe Place for LGBT+ Travellers

  By Noelle Mann Growing up and accepting yourself and your identity is tough for everyone. Belonging to an ethnic minority group can make things even more complicated, and many Irish Travellers and Roma struggle to find their place in Irish society. If you also add in the issue of sexuality or feeling that your…

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Guitar Music

When offered a place in a Masters in Community Music at the Irish World Academy, Limerick, last August, I was presented with the opportunity of discovering new musical genres, people and cultures. I set a goal at the start of my year’s study to open my mind as much as possible to the many music…

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We Lost Our Hearts to a Galway Girl

Travellers’ Voice always encourages readers to share their stories with others. We also encourage them to make sure their voices are heard and show others what makes them great in their own unique way. In this article, we tell the story of a young Traveller girl who hopes to make her future a very successful…

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Sulkie Racing Around the World

Have you ever wondered where the term ‘sulky’ comes from? Supposedly it comes from the fact that the sulky cart only has one seat so the driver prefers to sit on his own! Sulky racing is a popular sport in many countries around the world, in Norway and Finland it is as popular as greyhound…

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Celebrating and Promoting Teenage Talent

Miriam Kerins chats with BT Young Scientist entrant Ian McDonagh who shows us just what young Traveller teens are capable of achieving when given a chance. If you’re the parent of a teenager, you may often find yourself on the receiving end of endless eye rolls, slammed doors, disagreements and major attitudes; much as I…

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Roma Actor: Bobi Rostas

By Noelle Mann In a previous issue of Travellers’ Voice, we featured Muló, a new short film set in London, which explores some of the issues affecting Roma communities in the UK and beyond. Muló is currently in post-production and will be completed later this year. Bobi Rostas, who plays the leading role of Nicu,…

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Celebrating Christmas Across the Irish Sea

By David Lynch Christmas is a time of faith and family for Travellers. Thousands of Irish Travellers live in Britain and many will return for the festive season. David Lynch spoke to Martin Moloney-Naughton, ex Irish Traveller Co-ordinator for the North of England. For many Travellers the Irish Sea is not an important barrier. Family…

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