TRAVELLERS from around Laois held an open day where they displayed the pride they have in their culture, skills and past.
Traveller Pride Day was held on Thursday 27 June at the rear of the old parochial house in Portlaoise and adjacent to the traveller men’s shed premises.
The men’s shed members displayed handmade crafts such as miniature horsedrawn wooden wagons, handmade garden furniture as well as potted plants, weaving, horse harnesses and bridles as well as copper and tin work.
There were also displays of old canvass tents that many traveller families used to live in in years gone by and displays of holy tokens indicating the strong faith many traveller families have held onto over the years.
Up to 100 people turned up to the family fun day, where the younger people had their faces painted and were entertained by Jeca (sic) the Clown as well as a barbecue and a DJ supplying music.
Speaking about the event, project coordinator Niamh Kavanagh said: “We were delighted how the event went. It was our first year to organise a Traveller Pride Day here in Laois. So successful, indeed, that we’re hoping to hold such a day on an annual basis. We particularly want to thank the Department of Justice for their support and assistance in running the day as well as expressing our thanks to all the local organisations who turned up to help us celebrate Traveller Pride Day in Laois.”