National Heritage Award for Pavee Roads Home

Pavee Roads Home is an exploration of Traveller culture and heritage told through the lens of history and geography.  It tells the story of Traveller families through the generations and on a journey from the West of Ireland to Dublin.

Visit to former Traveller stopping places outside Dublin, including in Kildare & Offaly as part of Pavee Roads Home 2019. ©Photo by Derek Speirs

It was was developed by Pavee Point’s Men’s Health team, as a way of promoting a positive sense of identity and culture and was supported by The National Neighbourhood, a Dublin City Culture Company programme. In 2021 it won a National Heritage Award.


Traveller Mapping of Coolock, Dublin

Pavee Roads Home is entering a new phase of development with Maynooth Geography and TravAct in Coolock in 2021.

We are working together to document Travellers’ stories of belonging and unbelonging in North Dublin to promote an awareness and pride in Traveller  identity and culture – and so promote Traveller health and well-being.

We know that maps tell us about places and show us how A is linked to B.  But in this project we are creating a Community Map – this is a map that shows us Travellers’ experiences, sense of identity and emotional geography in Coolock.

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Travellers from Coolock are getting together in a series of workshops to talk about and map out places in the area that have special meaning for them – this can be in a positive way or a negative way.

These places can be particular places or types of social spaces (schools, work places, and so on). We want to understand what feelings people have in these places and where the emotions are coming from. Where do Travellers feel at home? Where do Travellers feel like they don’t belong?

Positive Identity – Positive Mental Health

In this way we will uncover more about Travellers’ lives today.  Our map will be used to create discussions and to develop understanding of the Traveller experience.  It will also help to affirm and validate that experience, to record it and make it available for both Travellers and non-Travellers.

Travellers experience discrimination, marginalisation and exclusion and this affects Travellers lives.   This project puts a lens and a focus on the Traveller experience in an area of Dublin where Travellers are often pushed to one side and forgotten about.  By reclaiming Coolock this projects promotes positive identity and contributes to positive mental health.

We’d like to thank The Irish Research Council New Foundations Grant #LoveIrishResearch for their support on this project.