The Irish Traveller Ethnicity Celebration is a free, non-ticketed event. It is open from 11am to 6pm, with exhibitions, workshops, film, children’s entertainment and many more activities running throughout the day in 5 different locations.


Please register for talks, presentations and screenings on arrival in the venue to ensure a place.




The Baroque Chapel - Awards, Performance & Screenings

10:00 - 11:30AwardsTraveller Pride Awards Retrospective - We reflect on and celebrate eight years of the annual Traveller Pride Awards
11.30 - 11.35MusicA Special Performance by the Labre Park Children's Choir
11:45 - 12:45DocumentaryTommy Fegan's 'Copper and Brass' - Talk & Documentary
12:55 - 13:25Drama'It's a Cultural Thing' by Actor and Writer Michael Collins
13:30 - 14:15Talk'Population Genetics and Genomics of the Irish Travellers', by Gianpiero Cavalleri, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
14:20 - 15:40FilmDrawing from the collections of the Irish Film Institute Archives,
this film will present Traveller heritage as it was recorded over the decades.
15:45 - 16:15Drama'Running Out of Road' by Playwright Rosaleen Mc Donagh, reading by Fishamble
16:30 - 18:30MusicPaddy Keenan & Company
16:30 - 18:30MusicThomas McCarthy
16:30 - 18:30MusicFrances Black
16:30 - 18:30MusicSelina OLeary

Johnston Room - Reception & Display

111:00-18:00Patchwork Quilts will be on display throughout the day

Drawing Rooms - Workshops & Talks

12:00 -12:30'Hidden Histories: Travellers and the National Folklore Collection' - Bairbre Ní Fhloinn, UCD Folklore Department
13:00 - 13:30Traditional Tinsmith skills on display with Tom McDonnell
13:40 - 14:00Genealogy 1: Tracing Your Family Tree with David Joyce
15:00 - 15:30Introduction to Gammon - an interactive workshop with Mary Bridget McDonagh
15:40 - 16:15Genealogy Part 2: National Library Director Sandra Collins

The Great Hall - Stalls, Exhibitions, Children's Art Activities

11:00-18:00StallNational Museum of Ireland, Museum of Country Life - Collection of Traveller Tin Craft and Photographic Archive
11:00-18:00StallNational Folklore Collection University College Dublin - Travellers in manuscript, photographs and social history documents
11:00-18:00StallFlower Craft - Demonstration of traditional flower craft with Biddie Ward
11:00-18:00StallDisplay and Demonstration of Traditional Craft Beady Pockets with Biddie Ward
11:00-18:00StallDisplay of Traditional Cures with Martin Ward
11:00-18:00StallTravellers in Literature -
Collection of books, fiction and non-fiction featuring Travellers
11:00-18:00StallShuttle Knit - Award winning Traveller Community Enterprise Knitwear Company showcasing knitwear line and demonstrating skills.
11:00-18:00StallFirst Class Insulation
Traveller led Social Enterprise Project
11:00-18:00Listening Posts -
National Folklore Collection University College Dublin - Traveller songs, music and stories from the National Sound Archives
11:00-18:00ExhibitionNational Library of Ireland - National Photographic Archive
11:00-18:00StallTrace Your Family History - Traveller surnames common to geographical areas, mapped displays and family trees.
11:00-18:00StallSchool Project - Displaying a specially commissioned project by Traveller students on family and culture

Great Hall Perimeter - Art Exhibitions

11:00 - 18:00ExhibitionArtist Leanne McDonagh, Exhibition
11:00 - 18:00ExhibitionLabre Park, A history documented in photographs
11:00 - 18:00ExhibitionIreland's Minority 'Is Anyone Listening?'
11:00 - 18:00ExhibitionPhotography - Cork Heritage Museum, Cork Women's Network
11:00 - 16:00Kids CornerBright Sparks Art


The Quadrant

111:00 -18:00The Living History Project - Traditional Wagon and Campsite on display with stories from Michael McDonagh, Meath Travellers' Workshop

*More to be announced!
*Times of performances may change – please keep an eye on the website for details closer to the event. A full programme will be available on the day.