Irish Traveller Children

  • Photographer
    Bob Newman
  • Prize
    1st Place / People /Lifestyle
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    Amanda Renshaw A wonderfully fresh and intimate portrait of these children. We feel the clothes against their skin and their equal relationship with animals with a metallic realism.

  • Date of Photograph
    2017 - 2020

Irish Traveller children and their families are historically nomadic and have long been marginalized. They have lived in Ireland for hundreds of years, number about 40,000 in the whole of Ireland and are separately ethnically from Romani and Gypsies. A law was passed about 15 years ago that forbids them from continually moving. They attend school with the Settled Irish, but generally drop out by the age of 12-14. They are predominantly Roman Catholic with most marrying around the age of 18. Travellers often have large families and live in in roadside camps or halting sites.

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