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Irish Travellers / Mincéirs & the State, 1922-2022

September 16 @ 9:00 am - September 17 @ 5:30 pm


September 16 @ 9:00 am
September 17 @ 5:30 pm


Aula Maxima, the Quadrangle / Spotlight Panels, Hardiman Building, G010, G011 and Bridge Room


Patrick Nevin, Elaine Martin, Owen Ward, Sarah-Anne Buckley, Mary Harris and John Cunningham
sarah-anne.buckley@universityofgalway.ie john.cunningham@universityofgalway.ie

Irish Travellers / Mincéirs and the State, 1922-2022 

This two-day conference will examine Irish Travellers’ experiences of discrimination since the foundation of the state, paying particular attention to the state’s role in perpetuating disadvantage. It will be a multi-disciplinary and participative conference, with presentations in a variety of formats, and featuring local, national and international perspectives. There will be contributions from Traveller / Mincéir activists and advocates, historians, folklorists, psychologists, sociologists, artists, cultural theorists and others.

Conference Programme

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Conference Registration

To attend this Conference, please register via Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/irish-travellers-minceirs-the-state-1922-2022-tickets-409595199267

Eve of Conference:

Thursday 15th September
8.30-9.30 pm: The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn

Drama Performance:
‘Ireland Shed a Tear’ with Michael Collins 

The Carrickmines tragedy brought a public outpouring of grief, and, it seemed at the time, a lot of soul searching about the way Travellers are treated by mainstream society and the state. People lined the streets during funerals. Politicians and religious leaders wrung their hands. Newspapers gave blanket coverage. But it was no wake-up call, Michael Collins now wryly observes. It did not reset a dysfunctional relationship.


If you wish to attend the Drama Performance in the Cube on Thursday, 15th September 8.30-9.30p, please register HERE.