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At the Crushin Traveller Women’s Group presentation of Moving Images in Wexford Art Centre (from left) back, Mary Berry, Elizabeth White (Wexford Art Centre), Cllr Michael Sheehan (Chairman, Wexford County Council) who launched the project, Mary Theresa Berry,
Biddy Connors and Terence White; front, Kieran Donohoe (FDYS), Elizabeth Connors, Biddy Connors, Kate Kelly, Margaret Connors, Kate Kelly, Biddy Connors and Maggie Connors, all of whom took part in the project

At the Crushin Traveller Women’s Group presentation of Moving Images in Wexford Art Centre (from left) back, Mary Berry, Elizabeth White (Wexford Art Centre), Cllr Michael Sheehan (Chairman, Wexford County Council) who launched the project, Mary Theresa Berry, Biddy Connors and Terence White; front, Kieran Donohoe (FDYS), Elizabeth Connors, Biddy Connors, Kate Kelly, Margaret Connors, Kate Kelly, Biddy Connors and Maggie Connors, all of whom took part in the project

At the Crushin Traveller Women’s Group presentation of Moving Images in Wexford Art Centre (from left) back, Mary Berry, Elizabeth White (Wexford Art Centre), Cllr Michael Sheehan (Chairman, Wexford County Council) who launched the project, Mary Theresa Berry, Biddy Connors and Terence White; front, Kieran Donohoe (FDYS), Elizabeth Connors, Biddy Connors, Kate Kelly, Margaret Connors, Kate Kelly, Biddy Connors and Maggie Connors, all of whom took part in the project

Wexford County Council chairman, Cllr. Michael Sheehan officially launched a photography exhibition by Crushin Traveller Women's Group at Wexford Arts Centre.

Hosted by the FDYS, the project was facilitated by the filmmaker Terence White and funded and supported by Wexford County Council in partnership with Creative Ireland as part of the Creative Communities Programme.

The women participated in seven workshops in the FDYS, learning how to take better photographs using their smart phones and how to use professional DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras,

They went on location shoots around Wexford town, took portraits of each other using a portable photo studio and learned how to edit RAW images using Photoshop.

Crushin Traveller Women's Group Coordinator Biddy Connors said she hopes the project will change attitudes towards Travelling people.

There was a slideshow video of the women's work during the launch. The photographs will be made available to the public through online photo albums.

Cllr. Sheehan congratulated the women on a 'fantastic exhibition' and commented that the project shows the absolute power of community.

Wexford People