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Traveller creativity event is a picture of cultural success


Ned Connors singing ‘God’s Plan’.

Ned Connors singing ‘God’s Plan’.

Ned Connors singing ‘God’s Plan’.

The organisers of a Traveller inclusion event in Enniscorthy have said that such was its success that it's hoped it will become an annual initiative.

The photographic exhibition and singing competition, which was held in the FDYS centre on Island Road, was organised in conjunction with Enniscorthy FDYS as part of Traveller Pride Week with support from the Department of Justice.

One of the main organisers of the event was Robbie Sludds, from FDYS, and he complimented everyone who participated.

In particular, he acknowledged the 12 people who took to the stage to take part in the singing competition.

Before a crowd of around 150 people, composed of those from within the Traveller and settled communities, all of the singers put in exemplary performances.

However, there could only be one winner and in the junior category that was Sally Connors, from Taghmon, who will get to record a song onto CD through Orchard Recording Studios as part of her prize.

She was followed closely by Sally Connors, from Bunclody, and Paddy Connors, also from Bunclody, in second and third places, respectively.

In the senior category the overall winner was Margaret Connors.

'The photographic exhibition was also a great success,' said Mr Sludds.

'It went really well and was a photography display and slide show,' he added.

Andy Connors, from Clonroche, along with his wife, Bridget, drew a lot of attention on the day thanks to their display of intricate crafts - including exquisitely detailed miniature Traveller wagons - which were handcrafted by Andy.

'Overall it was a great event and we now hope to make it a regular showcase,' said Mr Sludds.

He went on to comment: 'It was the first time anything like this was held in Wexford and we hope to expand on it now.'

Wexford People