A major celebration will take place on 15th of March in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin to mark the 1st anniversary of the State’s acknowledgement of Traveller ethnicity.

Travellers were recognised as a minority ethnic group in a speech to Dáil Eireann by former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny on 1st March last year.

The celebration on March 15th will draw together essential elements of Travellers’ rich culture and heritage including music, craft traditions and language.  The programme for the day will run from 11am to 6pm and admission is free and open to all  – www.ethnicitycelebration.ie

It will also showcase the history of the community through its creative traditions as well as through photography and genealogy and will feature national collections from the UCD Folklore Collection, the National Library of Ireland and the National Museum of Country Life.

Among the key items on the programme for the day are:

  • music from Paddy Keenan and Thomas McCarthy

  • a look back at 10 years of Traveller Pride Awards

  • performances of plays by Rosaleen McDonagh and Michael Collins

  • workshops on Traveller language, folklore and heritage

  • craft demonstrations

  • films and documentaries

The Irish Traveller Ethnicity Celebration is being organised by nine Traveller organisations with the support of the Department of Justice and Equality:

  • Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre

  • Irish Traveller Movement

  • National Traveller Women’s Forum

  • Minceirs Whiden

  • Involve

  • National Traveller Money Advice and Budgeting Service

  • Parish of the Travelling People

  • Exhange House Ireland National Travellers Service

  • The Traveller Counselling Service