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Traditional crafts on show for Traveler Pride event at Grange

Mary Collins in a traditional style caravan.

The Traveler Pride at Grange Resource Centre, Mullingar on Friday is the latest in an annual celebration of Traveler culture and lifestyle.

Westmeath Traveler Project ran the event and organized a range of services, relevant to the Traveling community, to be present on the day.

There were a variety of different attractions including a traditional Traveler wagon, tent and tinsmith, who demonstrated his tin shaping skills for everyone. There was a fantastic display of old Traveler photographs, lots of activities for children as well as hot food and refreshments for all. Live music was in the form of traditional Irish songs.

Christine Joyce, co-ordinator of the primary healthcare project for Travelers in Westmeath, said: “This is an important event for the young people too. They should see the way older Traveler generations lived.

“It is only made possible because of the Westmeath Traveler Project, who secured funding through event grants, RAPID and WCC Festival programs.

“I also want to thank Catherine McEntee of Youth Work Ireland Midlands for all of her continued support, SICAP co-ordinator Linda Jo Quinn and my colleagues Caroline, Bridgie, Christine, Teresa and Mary.”

Many agencies set up stalls to inform attendees about the support and services they provide.

The Irish Heart Foundation, Community Mothers, Westmeath Volunteer Service, Mullingar Mental Health, Health Promotion and Improvement and Traveling Fostering Services were among the services that attended the event.

Caroline Brickland from Health Promotion and Improvement said: “We got the opportunity to come to the Traveler Pride event to distribute information relevant to the community which we were very happy about.

“There is great engagement too, which is great.”

Tommy and Trisha Reilly performed live on Friday. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

Molly May Nevin, Geraldne Nevin, Davey Nevin, Christine Joyce and Christina Joyce at Traveler Pride. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

Marie Myers from Mullingar with Pokemellon and Marshall. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

Mary, Christy and Teresa Nevin at Grange. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

Mary Collins on Friday afternoon. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

John Joe Joyce and Hugh Nevin with one of the horses on Friday. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

Sgt Brendan Noone and Sgt Brian Stones from the Mullingar Community Police Unit with tinsmith Joe McDonnell. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

Samantha Dinnegan, Kathleen Wall and Margaret Wall, Mullingar, on Friday. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

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