Traveller Pride Week 2021

  • Arrow Sep 28 2021 - Oct 2 2021
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Kilkenny Traveller Oral History Project
Digital Gallery
Tuesday September 28th – Saturday October 2nd
Duration 52 minute loop
Played on a loop during gallery opening hours
Free Entry, limited capacity at any one time

In 2012 the Kilkenny Traveller Community Movement embarked on the first dedicated Kilkenny Travellers Oral Histories Project. Facilitated by Dr Colm Power, the aim of the project was to gather stories that reflected the traditions, the beliefs and the memories that are important to the community. Gathered mainly in the kitchens of homes across the county, this video and audio record is an important collection of stories and songs that reflect the culture of a unique people.

Between 12.00 – 1.30pm Tuesday through to Thursday – there will be the opportunity to meet some of the people who contributed the stories and chat about what you have seen.


The Meaning of Culture – an ‘in-conversation’ online event
Thursday September 30th, 7pm
This event will be live-streamed on the gallery YouTube channel

Vincent Browne in conversation with Senator Eileen Flynn, Dr Rosaleen McDonagh and Helena Power.

Butler Gallery are delighted to partner with Kilkenny Traveller Community Movement, Kilkenny LEADER Partnership and St Canice’s Cathedral to host a very special ‘in-conversation’ event as part of Traveller Pride Week. Culture is something that surrounds us and yet we all have very different ideas of what elements go into making something cultural or culturally significant. Drawing on the personal reflections and observations of three women from the Traveller community this event assesses notions of culture in Irish society, past and present.

Eileen Flynn is an Irish Independent politician who has served as a Senator since June 2020, after being nominated by the Taoiseach. Her background is in community development and activism on behalf of Irish Travellers. In June 2020, Taoiseach Micheál Martin appointed Flynn to Seanad Éireann, the Irish Senate. She is the first Irish Traveller to serve in the Oireachtas.

Rosaleen McDonagh is a Traveller woman with a disability. Originally from Sligo, she is the fourth eldest in a family of twenty children. She worked in Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre for ten years, managing the Violence Against Women programme, and remains a board member. She is a regular contributor to the Irish Times and has written ostensibly within the framework of a Traveller feminist perspective. McDonagh’s work includes Mainstream, The Baby Doll Project, Stuck, She’s Not Mine, and Rings.

Helena Power is a Traveller woman who hails from Urlingford, north Kilkenny. Helena has volunteered with her local Traveller Organisation from a young age. Having completed her Leaving Certificate she went on to gain a diploma in Beauty Therapy before returning to work with her community. Helena has a great interest in human rights and the injustices faced by her community. Helena currently works as a wellbeing and awareness worker and participation worker with the Traveller community in Kilkenny.

Vincent Browne is a print and broadcast journalist. He is a columnist with The Irish Times and Sunday Business Post.

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