Travellers Lives – A Journey into Culture

Travellers Lives – A Journey into Culture.
Athlone Community Radio in partnership with the National Traveller Mental Health Network is delighted to announce a series of six programs that tells the stories about the lives of Travellers from their own experiences.


  • Program 1 :
  • We are delighted to bring you program 1 in the series Travellers Lives – Journeys into Culture.
  • Chris McDonagh, a Mediator with the Traveller Mediation Services and Bridget Kelly, a Community Development worker with the National Traveller Women’s Forum produce and present the program, supported by Deirdre Hunt of Athlone Community Radio.
  • Researchers Thomas McCannDirector with Travelling Counselling Service and Margaret McDonagh Community worker. All of whom are members of the National Traveller Mental Health Network.
  • Their guests on the panel are Senator Eileen Flynn and Author Oein De Bhairduin.
  • Program 2 :

Chris McDonagh and Bridget Kelly are joined in program two by Mags CaseyChairperson of the National Traveller Mental Health Network and Martin WardManager of Bounce Back Recycling in Galway. Today the program will look at the high unemployment rates and the high suicide rates within the Traveller community in Ireland.

  • Program 3 :

Presenters Chris McDonagh & Bridget Kelly bring us Program 3 in the series Travellers Lives – Journey into Culture. Bridget and Chris are joined on the panel by Rose Marie Maughan, a National Traveller Accommodation Officer with the Irish Traveller Movement and Martin CollinsCo-Director of Pavee Point to discuss the accommodation crisis in the Traveller community.

  • Program 4 :

Hugh FrielMen’s Development Worker with the Donegal Traveller’s Project & Breda O’ DonoghueDirector for Advocacy with The Traveller Visibility Group join Presenters Chris McDonagh and Bridget Kelly for program 4 in the series. In this program they talk about discrimination, racism and exclusion in education that members of their committee continue to experience.

  • Program 5 :

Dr Brigid QuilliganManager of the Kerry Traveller Project and Michael Power from the Travellers Voice Magazine join Presenters Chris McDonagh and Bridget Kelly for Program 5 in the series. This program is dedicated to the topic of Ethnicity and LGBT within the Traveller community.

  • Program 6 :

Presenters Bridget Kelly and Chris McDonagh host the final program in the 6 part series of Travellers Lives – Journeys into Culture. They look back on the first five programs and discuss the impact these programs have had on them as presenters and discuss the topics raised with Mags CaseyChairperson of the National Traveller Mental Health Network and Thomas McCannDirector of the Traveller Counselling Service.


This project is funded through The Community Foundation for Ireland and the RTE Does Comic Relief: Adapt and Respond Grant. The programs are a collaboration between Athlone Community Radio and a group from the National Traveller Mental Health Association