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I am talking about Irish Gypsies, or Travelers as they are more commonly referred to. They are also sometimes called tinkers or knackers, which refers to services that were traditionally provided by them. Tinkering being the mending of tinware (pots and pans) and knackering being the collection of dead or old horses for slaughter. Pikey is yet another, but apparently more derogatory term for the travelers.

  • Bohemian Spirit

    My family is Romany/Gypsy ( Gypsy is a kind of modern name ) ~ Pikey is a derogatory term used for Romany/Gypsies

  • Gypsy Gold

    Karen, thank you for sharing your own history, I have so much to learn, and often repin others pins. But I am aware that all things people say may not be accurate. Thank you for allowing me to better understand your heritage.

  • Bohemian Spirit

    That's Ok Gypsy Gold, I love it that others are sharing the history of the Romany People and that people wish to learn is indeed an honour, to me anyone who feels such a connection is Soul Family.

Irish Tinker Traveller family living in bender style tent Southern Ireland 1970's.

Alen MacWeeney, “Irish Travelers, Tinkers No More”

Traveller Boy Ballinasloe Fair. www.irelandonvide... Irish Travellers, also called Tinkers or Gypsies, are a traditionally itinerant people of ethnic Irish origin. They live mostly in Ireland as well as having large numbers in the United Kingdom and in the United States. Those in the United States are Travellers who left Ireland, mostly during the period between 1845 and 1860 during the Great Famine.

"hanni and hellen drink a cup of tea" (irish travelers series) | birtie kaufman

In 1965, Alen MacWeeney came upon an encampment of itinerants in a waste ground by the Cherry Orchard Fever Hospital outside Dublin. Then called tinkers and later formally styled Travellers (as they preferred to call themselves) by the Irish government, they were living in hard-used by richly coloured caravans, ramshackle sheds, and time-worn tents.

St. Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland. Special protector of babies, blacksmiths, cattle, children whose parents are not married, children with abusive fathers, children born into abusive unions, Clan Douglas, dairymaids, dairy workers, fugitives, Ireland, Leinster, mariners, midwives, nuns, poets, the poor, poultry farmers and raisers, printing presses, scholars, travellers, and watermen.

Irish Tinker Traveller children in Southern Ireland in the 1970's. From The Book: Irish Tinkers: A Portrait of Irish Travellers in the 1970s - Janine Wiedel

Margaret Joyce, Travellers encampment, Finglas, Ireland 1991, photo by Mary Ellen Mark - Portraits

How they do love their cobbies ... Irish horse fair ... Southwest Ireland

child in a cellophante mask ... Cherry Orchard Traveller's Camp, Ireland. Photo from Alen MacWeeney's book 'Tinkers No More'

Julia and Bemie McDonagh ... taken at Cherry Orchard Traveller's Camp. Photo by Alen MacWeeney 1965

Irish travellers ... ca. early 1950's gypsys

From The Book Irish Tinkers: A Portrait of Irish Travellers in The 1970s - Janine Wiedel

Alen MacWeeney - Bernie and Nell, irish travellers (1965)

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Irish Travellers in 1946. They are often referred to by the terms tinkers, knackers or itinerants in Ireland, while in other countries the term gypsies or didicoy is used to describe the community. Travellers refer to themselves as Minceir or Pavees in their own language or in Irish as an Lucht Siúil, meaning literally "the walking people".

Saying of the Claddagh gypsies of Galway

Irish Travellers on their way to the Cahirmee Horse Fair in Buttevant, Co. Cork. July 1954. The fair still exists today!!!

A gypsy women in Ireland, c. 1900s. Photograph by Albert Khan

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