TRAVELLER TALES: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD
With Oein DeBhairduin
05/10/2020 at 7:00pm
A conversation with Oein DeBhairduin exploring myths, folklore and popular narratives about Travellers, Ireland’s nomadic ethnic group.
Oein DeBhairduin is the author of ‘Why the Moon Travels’. These haunting tales are rooted in the oral tradition of the Irish Traveller community. Brave vixens, prophetic owls and stalwart horses live alongside the human characters as guides, protectors, friends and foes while spirits, giants and fairies blur the lines between this world and the otherworld. Collected by Oein DeBhairduin throughout his childhood, retold in his lyrical style, and beautifully illustrated by Leanne McDonagh.
Oein DeBhairduin is a creative soul with a passion for poetry, folk herbalism and preserving the beauty of Traveller tales, sayings, retellings and historic exchanges. He is the manager of an education centre and a long-time board member of several Mincéirí community groups, including having had the honour of being vice-chair of the Irish Traveller Movement and a council member of Mincéir Whidden. He seeks to pair community activism with cultural celebration, recalling old tales with fresh modern connections and, most of all, he wishes to rekindle the hearth fires of a shared kinship.
Why the Moon Travels by Oein DeBhairduin is available to order from your local library or from our festival bookseller The Gutter Bookshop – https://gutterbookshop.con/product-category/dfh20/