The Traveller Ethnicity Celebration which was due to take place this coming Thursday, 1 March has been postponed until 15 March and will take place in the same venue, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
Speaking on behalf of the steering committee organising the event, Thomas McCann said that the decision to postpone the event was due to the Royal Hospital’s decision to close in light of the severe weather warnings that apply to Thursday.
“The Steering Committee organising the Traveller Ethnicity Celebration met this afternoon to consider the Royal Hospital’s decision to close this Thursday – the day upon which the Celebration was due to take place – due to the severe weather warnings that have been issued by Met Éireann. In the light of the Royal Hospital’s decision, we had no option but to postpone the event.”
Thomas McCann apologised to the hundreds of people who were planning on travelling from all over Ireland and abroad to the event, but said that it was in the best interests of public health and safety to postpone the event.
“We’ve spoken to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and they have agreed to host the event for us on 15 March next. So the Traveller Ethnicity Celebration will be going ahead but two weeks later than originally planned and we’re very much looking forward to it,” Thomas McCann concluded.
This is a free, non-ticketed event, open from 11am to 6pm, with exhibitions, workshops, film, children’s entertainment and many more activities running throughout the day. he programme currently includes the following individuals and groups, however, you can also keep an eye on the website (link below) for full details closer to the event:
Actor and Writer – Michael Collins
· Playwright – Rosaleen McDonagh
· Tinsmith skills – Tom McDonnell
· Flower craft and Traditional craft – Biddie Ward
· Traditional Cures – Martin Ward
· Shuttle Knit – Award winning traveller community enterprise knitwear company
· First Class Insulation – Traveller led Social Enterprise Project
· Artist – Leanne McDonagh
· The living history project – Michael McDonagh
For more information check out: www.ethnicitycelebration.ie