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.”