President praises Travellers
The President has praised members of the Traveller community for overcoming prejudice and creating a fairer Ireland, writes Kevin Keane.
Mary McAleese was awarding 10 Travellers for their contributions and achievements at the annual Traveller Pride awards at the Button Factory in Temple Bar, Dublin, yesterday.
Mrs McAleese said the toughness of Traveller life could have ground down many a person but the stories of those present were exactly what the country needed at this time.
The award winners were: Anne O'Donnell (Education); Katie O'Donoghue (Arts/Culture); Martin Collins (Music); The Laois Traveller Men's Enterprise Centre (Enterprise); Denise McDonnell (Youth); John Mongan (Sport); Rosaleen McDonagh (Community and Overall Traveller Pride); The Gay Traveller Support Group (Innovative Project) and Nan Joyce (Life Achievement).