A community event to mark the formal recognition of the Traveller community as a distinct ethnic group by the Irish Government earlier this year, was held in the community garden at the Fermoy Community Resource Centre on Tuesday, June 13.
On March 1 this year, then Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced the formal recognition for Travellers as a distinct ethnic group within the Irish State. To mark this significant milestone, this week’s event, which was organised by the Fermoy Community Network, was a celebration of Traveller culture and tradition and featured a Traveller Cultural Exhibition and the official unveiling of a commemorative bench in the community garden.
At noon on Tuesday, Jacinta McCormack from the Fermoy Community Network, welcomed everyone to the event and spoke about the close association the resource centre has had with the Travelling community down through the years.
She then introduced Cllr Frank O’Flynn, who deputised at the event on behalf of the Cork County Mayor. He wished continued success to both the Traveller community and those involved with the Fermoy Community Resource Centre.
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CAPTION: Some of the invited guests at the event on Tuesday in the community garden of Fermoy Community Resource Centre to mark the formal recognition of Travellers as a distinct ethnic group. (ES-d)