Galway’s Traveller Pride Week began in the county today, with Senator Lorraine Higgins visiting the Galway Traveller Movement premises for an open morning to see the work of the organisation firsthand.
Speaking at the launch, Senator Higgins said that she was “delighted” to launch Traveller Pride Week”.
“It’s very important for Irish Travellers to celebrate their achievements and more importantly, take pride in their culture. I feel it is time for Irish Travellers to take ownership of their culture and to present it in a positive fashion for all members of the community to embrace and accept” she added.
Traveller Pride Week, which is taking place from Monday 20 to Sunday 26 May, is a celebration of the contribution Travellers make to both their own communities and to Irish society as a whole.
This includes celebrating their enterprising, sporting, creative and musical abilities as well as their unique culture and history. It is also an opportunity to discuss the challenges that Travellers still face, especially in the areas of discrimination, education and employment.
Other events taking place during the week include a street soccer league, a boxing tournament, a music session and a coffee morning in Tuam.