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Another Side of Ireland

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Alen MacWeeney is the author of "Irish Travellers: Tinkers No More," a collection of stories, photographs, and songs on an accompanying CD that document Ireland’s indigenous nomads, known as Travellers. They have been a fixture on the Irish landscape for hundreds of years, but this is, in many ways, the first complete and close up portrait of this mysterious people.

Comments [2]

Maurya Wickstrom

I am writing on the Irish Travellers and have been to Ireland twice to interview Travellers, particularly Traveller activists. For today's Soundcheck, there should have been much more research done on contemporary Traveller issues and situation that would have allowed the exchange on Soundcheck today to have avoided framing the Travellers in ways that have little to do with who they are or have been or what their struggles have been. And yes, gypsy has been replaced by Roma, as both "itinerants" (which was used on the program) and "tinkers" are regarded as racist terms and should be replaced by Traveller. The Travellers' situation is not to be taken lightly nor should it go unresearched.

Nov. 21 2007 07:03 PM
Carol Greenberg from NJ

Appropriate to your topic, isn't "gyp" an ethnic slur against "Gypsy"?

Nov. 21 2007 02:59 PM

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