The aim of the event is to develop a “deep understanding” of the artistic and musical talents and traditions of the Traveller community while promoting discussions around the vision for the community going forward, according to Limerick City and County Council.
The local authority is running the event in conjunction with a number of agencies, including the HSE.
“Huge work is being done by various Traveller groups around the city and county. Much of this is in the cultural space and is of a really high standard, which you would expect given the heritage in the Travelling community,” said Seamus O’Connor, an senior executive officer with the council.
“Culture is deeply embedded in the DNA of the Travelling community and we are giving them a long overdue platform to express this. The response has been excellent and we have a really positive week ahead that will help with deepening the understanding of their culture.”
Mayor of Limerick City and County Liam Galvin will celebrate Limerick Traveller Pride Week in City Hall today with the launch of a DVD by a men’s group in Askeaton titled Try a Little Kindness. The compilation, comprising well-known country music classic including a revised version of Johnny Cash’s classic ‘I Walk the Line’, uses music to promote mental health.
The launch day will also see, in a collaboration between the HSE and the Traveller Primary Health Care Groups in Limerick City and County, the publication of a book of nursery rhymes read to Traveller children, including universal and Traveller specific rhymes, aimed at promoting speech and language.