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ILLUSTRATED TALK: Traditional Traveller Homes – Form, Function & Folklore

March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0

Travellers, or Mincéirí, are a traditionally nomadic ethnic minority indigenous to the island of Ireland. Their colourfully decorated wagons, sheltering against stone walls and hedgerows on the sides of the road, were a common sight on the outskirts of Irish towns and villages from the 1920s to the 1970s. They have come to symbolise the traditional Traveller way of life.

Join Oein DeBhairduin, Traveller Culture Collections Development Officer with the National Museum of Ireland, as he discusses the journey from loban/tents to wagons and more modern accommodations – while including form, functions, and community folklore.

This event is free of charge but, as places are limited, advance booking is strongly advised. Call the Museum on (091) 532460 or email

Suitable for adults


[Image: Decorated Traveller barrel-top wagon in Co. Cork, 1954. Colourised by John Breslin, original photo courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.]



March 23
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0
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Galway City Museum
(091) 532 460
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