Irish Travellers share a distinct and separate identity, culture and history from the rest of the population. Travellers have learned and shared values, beliefs, behaviours and customs which make them identifiable as individuals and as a group of people. Their culture is characterised by nomadism, family ties and kinship, community participation and cross-generational respect, and horse ownership. The Traveller language of Cant (also known as Gammon or Shelta), along with an oral tradition rich in folklore, form a core part of the culture of the community. Travellers’ culture and way of life enables them to retain their identity as an ethnic group (though not recognised as this by the Irish state).
Traveller Culture Awareness Training (TCAT)
TCAT is an initiative that offers quality client based training in Traveller culture. It is delivered by Travellers who are experienced trainers and have completed a special course in TCAT training delivery. It is coordinated by a steering group comprising of all Traveller led organisations in Cork city and county as well as representatives from the HSE. The training is part of an overall Interagency strategy to support better service provision for Travellers.
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