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