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 - 12:30Film Drawing from the collections of the Irish Film Institute Archives,
this film will present Traveller heritage as it was recorded over the decades.
12:30 - 13:00Drama'It's a Cultural Thing' by Actor and Writer Michael Collins
13:00 - 14:00TalkTraveller DNA: Edmund Gilbert, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
14:00 - 15:00DocumentaryTommy Fegan's 'Copper and Brass' - Talk & Documentary
15:00 - 15:45Drama'Running Out of Road' by Playwright Rosaleen Mc Donagh, reading by Fishamble
16:00 - 18:00MusicPaddy Keenan & Company
16:00 - 18:00MusicThomas McCarthy
16:00 - 18:00MusicFrances Black
16:00 - 18:00MusicSelina OLeary

Johnston Room - Reception & Display

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

Drawing Rooms - Workshops & Talks

12:00 - 12:30Hidden Histories -Travellers and the National Folklore Collection - by Bairbre Ní Fhloinn, UCD Curator
12.45 -13:00
14:30 - 14:45
Púca Puppet Theatre Company Show
13:15 - 13:45Traditional Tinsmith skills on display with Tom McDonnell
14:00 - 14:20Genealogy 1: Tracing Your Family Tree with David Joyce
15:00 - 15:30Introduction to Gammon by Irish socio-linguist, Dr Alice Binchy
15:40 - 16:00 Genealogy 2: Sandra Collins, Director, National Library of Ireland

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.