The Irish Travellers are a proud and reclusive people. Ireland's indigenous people and ethnic minority, whose culture and traditions pre-date the "settled" Irish. In the fall of  2018, I had the opportunity to be among them under the supervision of a fellow photographer who provided access to their world, and they welcomed me into their homes and lives. They are deeply devout, traditional with respect to defined gender roles, yet their old ways are constantly bumping up against modern culture shifts, such as LGTBQ rights, the need for education as a means of survival, and such. This series of images reflects my personal interactions with the Travellers I connected with at the Ballinasloe Horse Fair, various halting sites, and roadside encampments throughout County Galway, Cork, Limerick and Tipperary.
Boy With Jack Russell
Boy With Jack Russell
Philomena
Philomena
Tough Boys, Galway
Tough Boys, Galway
The Pose
The Pose
Mikey
Mikey
Sisters
Sisters
Ice Cream Cone, Galway
Ice Cream Cone, Galway
Newlyweds, Tipperary
Newlyweds, Tipperary
Cousins, Cashel
Cousins, Cashel
Galway Kids
Galway Kids
Annaliese, Roadside Encampment
Annaliese, Roadside Encampment
Horse Traders, Ballinasloe
Horse Traders, Ballinasloe
Peter
Peter
Only God Can Judge Me
Only God Can Judge Me
James, Galway
James, Galway
Untitled, Cork
Untitled, Cork
Cashel Roadside Encampment
Cashel Roadside Encampment
Willie Connects
Willie Connects
Connors Men, Ballinasloe Fair
Connors Men, Ballinasloe Fair
Willie In Caravan
Willie In Caravan
Lurcher
Lurcher
Michael With Lurchers
Michael With Lurchers
Cork Lad
Cork Lad
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