New Exhibition: “Embracing Our Heritage: A celebration of Irish Traveller Identity”

Kerry County Museum is delighted to launch a temporary exhibition “Embracing Our Heritage: A Celebration of Irish Traveller Identity” as part of Traveller Pride Week 2024. This temporary exhibition & short film is the result of a collaborative community partnership lead by the Kerry Travellers Health and Community Development Project. “Embracing Our Heritage” provides an opportunity for families, both Traveller and Settled, to learn more about the traditions, values and culture of the Traveller community in County Kerry. It aims to foster mutual understanding and appreciation of Traveller culture and heritage. The exhibition will be open with free entry to the public and will run until the end of June 2024. Kerry County Museum is delighted that one of the scale models depicting Puck Fair in the 1960s will go on permanent display in the Main Museum Gallery.

“Embracing Our Heritage” is the highlight of this year’s Traveller Pride Week in County Kerry and was launched by renowned author and Traveller Rights’ activist Oein DeBhairduin, who works with the National Museum of Ireland as Curator for Traveller #Mincéirí Culture. On display are a collection of photographs of Travellers at Puck Fair from the Kennelly Archives, artisan tinsmith products and other traditional artisan crafts, two scale model traditional wagons, and a scale model Traveller camp set at Puck Fair alongside an assortment of other items traditionally used as part of the nomadic life of a Traveller family.

Brigid Quilligan, Project Manager at Kerry Travellers Project said “We are proud to be working in partnership with Kerry County Museum, bringing the rich traditions of Traveller Culture to a wider audience, and ensuring they can be appreciated into the future. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the launch of this special event”. Irish Travellers have a shared history, culture and language and are a distinct ethnic group that have been an integral part of Irish society for centuries. As recent laws have led to a decline in many of the old nomadic traditions practiced by Travellers, it is crucial to preserve and share Traveller heritage and culture for future generations.

Pictures of the exhibition launch on 30 May 2024 by Pauline Dennigan/Dennigan Photography

By |May 25th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized||

Celebrating St Brendan the Navigator 3 – 19 May

Saint Brendan the Navigator was born in Fenit, near Tralee around 500 AD. A wide range of community events in honour of Kerry’s seafaring patron saint will take place across the county from Friday 3 May until Sunday 19 May. From walks and talks, guided tours of Ardfert cathedral, art installations at Siamsa Tire, a film screening at Tralee library to arts and crafts workshops for children at Kerry County Museum, there is something for everyone to celebrate Brendan and his legacy. On his feastday, Thursday 16 May, a multitude of events are taking place in his native Fenit and across Kerry. Schools and families are encouraged to make and fly flags for Brendan. Kerry County Museum in conjunction with the Education Support Centre Tralee and the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society is hosting a webinar for primary schools across Ireland.

So who was St Brendan? We know that he founded a federation of monasteries in Ireland – Ardfert cathdral and Clonfert cathedral being his two major foundations – but he is most famous for his legendary voyage across the North Atlantic in a simple wooden boat. Without the help of navigational instruments, he may have reached America 500 years before the Vikings and 1000 years before Christopher Columbus. His story seems to describe the sheep and seabirds of the Faeroe Islands, the volcanoes of Iceland, the icebergs of Greenland and the fog surrounding Newfoundland. His travel adventures were written down in monasteries all over Europe and soon became a major medieval bestseller. To this day, St Brendan is the patron saint of Kerry as well as sailors, travellers and all seafaring people. He is even the patron saint of the U.S. Navy.

Events at a Glance:

By |May 3rd, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized||

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