Irish Traveller Programme
During this year’s Good Relations Week, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Good Relations, in partnership with Western Health and Social Care Trust’s Traveller Health and Wellbeing and Meath Travellers Workshop, hosted a unique Traveller Living History Exhibition in Strule Arts Centre on 21 September.
This interactive exhibition provided a real insight in the lives of Irish Travellers, their history, culture and traditions, by the side of the road in the 1950s. It featured a restored life-size Traveller barrel top wagon, a living canvas tent and a campfire. The facilitators delivered engaging live demonstrations of the traditional craft of tin-smithing, story-telling and paper flower-making. School children and visitors were encouraged to explore the exhibits and ask questions; they were also treated to some home-baked soda farl bread, fruit cake and carrot cake.
This public event was a great opportunity to learn more about the Irish Traveller identity and culture, and promoted respect and cultural diversity in the spirit of this year’s Good Relations Week motto of ‘Change Starts with Us’ and Council’s ‘Everybody Belongs‘ Campaign.
For further information, contact Good Relations by telephone on 0300 303 1777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.