Monday November 30, 2020

This Life: The road less travelled

In 1971, anthropologists George and Sharon Gmelch lived for a year among members of the Travelling community. Four decades later, they have returned, writes Fiona Kelly.

31st March, 2012
Sharon Gmelch in a barrow top wagon in Wicklow in 1971. Photo: George Gmelch

"There's a lot of nostalgia for time on the road. The young people don't know how hard it was. The old people have just forgot. Only the freedom remains," says American anthropologist George Gmelch.

In 1971, George and his wife Sharon Gmelch spent a year living with a Travelling community in Ireland. During that year they bought a barrel top wagon and horse, and travelled and camped with Traveller families in Holy Lands in Dublin....

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