Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Irish Traveller Update

While many of you have enjoyed my Irish Traveller posts, few of my readers actually know anything about Irish Travellers. Well friends, I will do my best to explain, but keep in mind they are elusive creatures. And I will only write the "facts" I find interesting, of course (via Wikipedia!). Here goes:
Irish Travellers are a traditionally nomadic people of Irish origin. They travel in caravans and set up Traveller camps of hundreds on privately owned and public domain land. Communities don't like them because they allegedly ruin public land and trash just about everywhere they stay.

Researchers have identified genetic diseases common in the Irish Traveller population which are rare among the rest of the community, resulting from marriage only within the Traveller community. Travellers are breeders of dogs such as greyhounds and deal in dead horse trade or horse slaughter.

Over half of Travellers do not live past the age of 39 years, have one of the highest birth rates in Europe and are 10 times more likely to die in road accidents, the most common cause of death. Infants are 10 times more likely to die before the age of two, while one in three Travellers die before the age of 25. In addition, 80% of Travellers die before the age of 65 and 10% of Traveller children die before their second birthday. Most are married with children before the age of 16. American populations of Irish Travellers can be found in Murphy Village, SC, and Fort Worth TX.

The Irish Travelers work as house and barn painters, driveway dressers, lightning rod installers, and so on. They will prune your trees, seal your roof, exterminate your termites, pull dents out of your car. Travellers make a substantial income from this and much of that income is invested in Murphy Village. Mansions, Mercedes, and luxurious house trailers. They interact with outsiders rarely, reject neighborhood socializing, and refrain from participating in the social activities of the area.

5 comments:

The TownhouseLady said...

Those dresses are quite fetching!

Lucinda said...

I feel like Traveller glamour is best captured at a wedding.

Alkemie said...

Hi Lucinda, What an interesting exploration of the Irish Traveller. I had no idea. They sound like gypsies ^_^ Interesting photos and subjects for sure.

Cheers,
Karen Olivia

kelly said...

we ar not elusive creatures thank you very much

Lucinda said...

Unicorns are elusive creatures too.