This talk tells the story of the Irish Traveller community abroad, particularly in the US and Britain.
The Irish Traveller diaspora is one group with a fascinating and little-known history that has rarely featured in broader histories of the Irish diaspora.
Irish Travellers began arriving in the United States from the early 19th century onwards, becoming a particularly prominent community in the American South. The Traveller language Shelta was first recorded by linguists studying the Irish Traveller community in 19th century Britain, reflecting their long historical roots in the country.
To explore this hidden history, Dr Maurice J Casey will be joined by Prof Colin Clark, whose research explores the European Roma, Gypsy and Traveller populations, and Dr Sindy Joyce, Human Rights Defender, sociologist, lecturer, activist and Member of President Michael D Higgins Council of State.
This event is free. A suggested donation of €5 to the Movement for Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) is welcome.