The 2019 Traveller Pride Awards will kick off Traveller Pride Week on Thursday 30 May in Dublin with a celebration concert that evening.

National Traveller Pride events will take place the week starting 3rd and local events will take place the week starting Monday 10 June will be local events. The Department of Justice and Equality will be inviting applications, at the end of March,  for funding to run events.

Nominations are now open for  the Traveller Pride Awards in 8 categories:

1. Education:

Lifelong learning as well as academic achievement is also included in this award.

2. Sport:

The panel will consider the groups or individuals who have shown commitment to sporting achievement.

Ireland Boxing Champion, Patrick Mongan and World Champion Boxer Andy Lee.
Pic: Tommy Clancy

3. Youth:

Young Travellers whose involvement in local or national initiatives demonstrate leadership qualities, act as role models for their peers and have shown a commitment to Travellers’ rights and broader human rights issues

4. Arts or Culture:

Groups or individuals who have demonstrated, either within the community and/or the wider arts/culture sphere, a commitment to Traveller identity and Traveller heritage.

5. Music:

Groups or individuals who have demonstrated, either within the community and/or the music sphere, a commitment to Traveller identity and Traveller heritage.

6. Enterprise or Employment:

Groups or individuals who have set up enterprises or Travellers employed in the mainstream labour market.

Gavin Duffy with Michael Power, editor of Traveller Voice Magazine

7. Community:

Individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to Travellers’ rights and a commitment to broader human rights issues, who have shown solidarity with other struggles, including other marginalised groups, those experiencing poverty and a commitment to anti-racism, anti-sexism and anti-homophobia.

8. Intersectionality:  New Category

Individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the rights of Travellers who hold multiple marginalised identities or experiences. For example: LGBT+ Travellers, Deaf or Disabled Travellers, Traveller Women, Homeless Travellers

Applications

You can nominate online here http://itmtrav.ie/traveller-pride-awards-2019/
Or you can fill out an application form and send it to:

Traveller Pride Awards 2016, 4-5 Eustace Street, Dublin 2

Dr Panti Bliss with Hughie Maughan 2016
Photo: Tommy Clancy

People who have been nominated before but have not won an award can be nominated again – this could be their year!

All Nomination forms must be returned before Wednesday 3rd of April 2019 by post or email.

Remember…

  • If you are nominating an individual or group for an award, you must make them aware and be sure that they consent to be nominated.

  • If you are nominating an individual or group for more than one award, please send separate nomination forms. The rationale for someone being nominated for a sports award will not be the same as the reason for nominating them for an education award etc.

  • The judges can only judge what is placed in front of them. Therefore, take time in putting together the reason why you think someone should win an award. It may not only be for what they have achieved- a sports award, job, qualification etc-  the award may be what barriers someone had to overcome even to get to school or return to education, be involved in a community project or be part of a local team.

The Traveller Pride Awards 2019 is  organised by The Irish Traveller Movement (ITM), Minceirs Whiden, Exchange House, Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre, National Traveller MABS, the National Traveller Women’s Forum, Involve and the Parish of the Travelling People.