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The Feast of St Laurence O'Toole - 14th November

St Laurence O'Toole is the Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Dublin and of the Parish of the Travelling People.

St Laurence

St Laurence O'Toole, man of peace, you were in the middle of family and political conflict from your earliest days.

Give the gift of peace and hope to all who experience the trauma and division in families, in communities and among nations.

 

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

I commit all of those who work for and on behalf of the Archdiocese of Dublin to the implementation of this policy.

+ Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop of Dublin
July 2019

Safeguarding Vulernable Adults 2019 CSPS

 

Funds Of Knowledge

At the Seanad Public Consultation Committee debate on Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019, Dr Karl Kitching, the director of equality, diversity and inclusion in UCC spoke of Funds of Knowledge in the context of the theme of the debate: Travellers Towards a More Equitable Ireland Post-Recognition. So what is Funds of Knowledge? In the video below, there is an example of its application to migrant children. Dr Karl Kitching is recommending this model for Traveller children too. 

 

Parish Pilgrimage to Knock 2019


Knock Pilgrimage 2019
We set off early on Thursday morning from Finglas with a packed coach of adults and children. We were well entertained on our journey by the children singing. The children were given a rosary beads each and one of the group said the Rosary with the children.
 
Intentions Knock 2019When we got to Knock, we visited the Carmelite convent where Sr Josephine made us very welcome. She was very happy to see so many children in our group and encouraged them to keep up the faith, to go to Mass and to pray. The whole group put their intentions in a box and lit a candle.
Sr. Josephine told us that she and the rest of the Carmelite Sisters would continue to pray for our intentions.
We then did the stations of the cross which was led by Fr Paul from the Parish of the Travelling People. The reflection for each station was read by members of the group including adults and children. The reflections were especially written to reflect the lives of the Traveller community with the trials and tribulation we face in life.
 
We all had our own free time to do our own things around Knock and then met up for the 3pm Mass.

Back on the bus on the way home, Georgina and Geraldine did a quiz with religious questions for the adults and children. This was good fun and got the whole group on the bus involved, then just enough time to have another sing song on the bus before arriving home.

This was a great and enjoyable day, and we hope to make this an annual event.
You can visit the convent prayer space online - just click here and pray with us.

Caring for Ourselves, Our Community and Our Planet

A reflection on Laudato Si, the encyclical letter by Pope Francis

Each year, along with others in the Traveller community, the Parish of the Travelling People marks Traveller Pride Week. This week the Parish is preparing for the great feast of Pentecost and it seemed appropriate to reflect on the encyclical letter published on that feast day in 2015 by Pope Francis which is entitled, Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home.

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On 5th June, the Parish invited Sr Nelly McLoughlan (centre) to reflect with members of the Parish; our theme was Caring for Ourselves, Our Community and Our Planet.

Recognising and Challenging Antigypsyism

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When it is not named, antigypsyism has the power to become normalised. In this way, antigypsyism creates and legitimises poverty, poor accommodation, poor health and poor education; “It inverts cause and effect.” (Alliance Against Antigypsyism, Antigypsyism – a reference paper, June 2017, 3)

Imagine where rubbish comprising of garden waste is dumped in an area where a transient Traveller trader stopped over and then the Local Authority takes funds to clean up the area from its budget for Traveller Accommodation. The logic appears to be “Travellers dumped the rubbish, so Travellers pay; and moreover, Travellers cannot ask for an Ethnic Identifier and then dispute this reasoning”. The argument appeals to common sense and would probably have broad support from the general public. It would be no surprise if such practices were found to be the normal response to such a situation. Some local representatives might champion the “indigenous Travellers” while supporting the work of the Local Authority staff who must find their way to manage the situation; and so the system operates and no-one voices an objection usually. However, Travellers are left behind as Strategies and Programmes fail to really improve the conditions in which they live; and the unsaid premise is “it must be their own fault”.

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