“Years ago you were a tinsmith or you’d shoe horses for a living or you’d do the markets.
We travel to Cahirmee Horse Fair in County Cork where young girls with long hair spilling parade and marriages are made.
We listen to these young women, their stories and music and explore some of the ancient and modern Traveller rituals clinging on the edge of the Celtic Boom.
One Marriage Draws Another “There was a pattern that I could see of women after marriage often ending up spending much more time with the husband’s people than their own…
This put you in somewhat of an outsider position as a woman.
The truth about gypsies is, of course, much more complex than a few outdated stereotypes.
Because gypsies, also known as Roma, have been persecuted worldwide for much of their existence, they don't typically trust outsiders and haven't shared much of their story.
Read on for some insights into gypsy history and lifestyle.
They are the breeders and traders of some of Ireland’s best horses. I had one teacher that said to me, “Well a Traveller won’t do nothing with their life. You’re going to go off and marry young and have loads of children.” Helen showed us her wedding album.
One of the ways in which the marriages were often handled in the past was through a process of match-making, which was part of the rural Irish tradition as well.