"I feel better in myself
after talking to the counsellor"

The Traveller Community in Ireland

The Irish Traveller community is an ethnic minority who account for approximately 0.5% of the Irish population.  The culture of the Traveller community is separate and distinct from that of the majority population.  Traveller culture has its own traditions, values, language, arts, crafts and music.   Travellers also have distinctive ways of living, such as living with the extended family, nomadism and the keeping of animals, particularly horses.  Recent economic change has brought about many challenges for the Traveller community’s way of life  that have affected the  living patterns of the community by impacting on such elements of Traveller culture as nomadism and the Traveller economy.

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  • Conference 2019

    In April 2019 The Traveller Counselling Service in conjuction with the Traveller Mediation Service and Exchange House Ireland ran a Conference exploring The Impact Of Inter-family Conflict on Traveller Mental Health.

    A conference report will available in the coming weeks

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    Landline: 01 868 5761
    Mobile: 086 308 1476
    Email: info@travellercounselling.ie

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  • Feedback

    “As manager of the organisation, I have seen the impact since the local counselling service was set up some years now. The taboo that Travellers always had in relation to counselling is no longer there.”

    “Our clients have said that they do feel the benefit of using the service for a number of reasons. Before they did not understand counselling or what it was for, and to be able to talk to someone about their problems and issues, whether it be drug related or not, in a "safe and confidential environment" is key.”

    (Jim O’Brien, Manager, Bray Traveller’s Community Development Group Ltd.)