Unsettled: Finding joy in the lore and rituals of an oppressed community

Drawing upon her lived experience as a Traveller woman, Rosaleen McDonagh has written a moving and deeply personal autobiography

Rosaleen McDonagh: her memoir displays an absolute dedication to telling her story with bravery and truth.



By Rosaleen McDonagh

Skein Press, €12.95

There was a thread doing the rounds on Twitter last week, started by an Irish Traveller woman, which invited a conversation on how Traveller children were treated in Irish schools in their youth. Shocking isn’t quite the right word; harrowing, yes, but anti-Traveller racism has been witnessed by those of us who have shared classrooms with Traveller children for decades.

It is a racism that many settled ...