The 3rd Traveller Pride Awards December 1st 2011
1 December 2010
12pm to 2pm
Dublin Civic Offices, Dublin 8
The third Traveller Pride Awards, which mark the achievements of Irish Travellers across the island of Ireland in a variety of areas will be held at a ceremony in Dublin on December 1st. The awards will be presented in ten categories in total, including the overall Traveller Pride 2011 Award.
The aim of the awards is to celebrate Traveller achievements across the island of Ireland and the contributions that Travellers make to their own community to Irish society. The Awards also highlight some of the obstacles that exist for Travellers in Irish society. The ultimate aim is to instil pride, increase expectations and celebrate Travellers’ undoubted positive contribution to Irish life – and also the pride and determination one must have in order to succeed as a Traveller.
This year sees awards being presented for achievement in:
- enterprise and employment,
- with an overall winner selected from these categories.
Rosaleen McDonagh, the recipient of the Overall Pride Award in 2010 and who was presented with a beautifully crafted cast bronze commemorative award sculpture said,
“Traveller pride is pouring out of my pores. Platitudes like this don’t normally mean anything to me but when it comes from your own people, your own community it is something special. A community is not a community if it doesn’t have older people, disabled people and gay people involved in its struggle. That’s why I love Traveller politics”.
The Traveller pride winners are recognised for their passion, commitment and hard work and that in recognising their accomplishments the Awards will hopefully inspire Travellers across the island of Ireland in other areas to continue with the work they do or to encourage other Travellers to participate in projects or activities that promote the positives of Traveller identity in Irish society.
The Traveller Pride Awards not only aim to recognise achievement and celebrate Traveller role models within the community, but to project positive images of the Traveller community to the wider public, who are often deprived the opportunity to engage with Travellers or see the contributions that Travellers make to their own community and society at large. The Traveller Pride Awards aims to promote positive images of Travellers to counteract negative stereotyping that so often appears in mainstream media
The awards are being held in Dublin Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, and will start at 12pm SHARP. There is no charge for the event but places must be booked in advance by contacting the Irish Traveller Movement on 01-6796577