Traveller Roots and Routes


Traveller Roots and Routes


The Traveller Roots and Routes Manual was launched in January 2024, following the successful Traveller Genealogy project of 2019. 

During that project, Library Service staff became aware of the rich but vanishing heritage of Meath Travellers in relation to placenames, travel routes, travelling history and customs, and traditional campsites. This project records the memories and experiences of Meath Travellers who lived this life and want the record preserved for future generations. The manual is fully illustrated both with rare and up-to-date photographs of Travellers and campsite locations and with maps of Meath and Westmeath showing travel routes and camp locations.

This project was supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development under the Dormant Accounts Fund.


Pictured at the launch with Cathaoirleach Cllr. Tommy Reilly was (L-R) County Librarian, Ciaran Mangan, Director of Services with responsibility for Cultural Development, Barry Lynch, Senior County Librarian Frances Tallon, Jody Joyce, Winnie McDonagh, Chirsty McDonagh  Meath County Council Chief Executive, Kieran Kehoe and Liam McNiffe.  

Traveller Roots and Routes Launch