Join us at Darndale Park and explore the rich cultural heritage of the Irish Travelling Community. From tinsmithing demonstrations and storytelling, to music and folklore, immerse yourself in Traveller culture. There will also be a hand-crafted barrel-top wagon on display in the park. Handmade by James Collins, see first hand the intricate detail and craftsmanship of this traditional Traveller abode.
Chrissy Donoghue Ward is a Dublin-based poet and storyteller. A mother of twelve and the sister of the late Nan Joyce, the first Traveller to run in a local election, Chrissy has a long history of activism and community engagement. She is passionate about education and the opportunities it provides for all.
James Collins and Tom McDonnell are two of the last remaining Traveller Tinsmiths in Ireland. Now retired and both based in Finglas, James and Tom have returned to the tradition of handcrafting household objects such as jugs, pails and ponchers, adapting their skills to more modern designs.
To learn more about tinsmiths James Collins and Tom McDonnell, watch this short film shot in their workshop produced as part of Culture Night Dublin 2021.
Sharyn Ward is a local Traveller woman, singer, artist and activist. She is most well known for her activism and her appearance on Ireland’s Got Talent in which her heartfelt and powerful performances struck a chord with both the audiences and the judges. Sharyn regularly performs in Darndale and beyond.
Trish Reilly is a member of the Travelling Community, and a singer/songwriter with a passion for music. She is a relative of the well-known Traditional singer John Jacko Reilly who was recorded by Professor Tom Munnelly. Many of her family’s songs have been carried down for generations and are held in UCD and the Irish Music Archives.
This free event is part of the Made in Darndale summer festival. All welcome.