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First Traveller Society to be Launched at NUIG

Posted by Minceirs Whiden on Wed, 03-04-2019

The Mincéirs Whiden Society, which is the first Traveller society in Ireland, was co-founded this year by NUI Galway students Jason Sherlock and Owen Ward, as well as the Galway Traveller Movement.

The society aims to work towards increasing Traveller participation in third level education while providing a safe and welcoming space on campus. At present, just 1% of the travelling community hold a third level qualification. In addition, the society intents to build alliances as well as form relationships between Travellers, the student and staff body at NUI Galway.

Owen Ward stated: ‘‘One of the main objectives of the society is to empower members of the travelling community to enter third level education, while being encouraged and supported by NUI Galway. At present, there is a small number of Traveller Students studying at NUI Galway. Furthermore, it is of paramount importance to build positive alliances and friendships between Traveller students and the student body, staff as well as the wider community".

The MincĂ©irs Whiden Society committee would like to invite staff and registered students at NUI Galway to the official launch of the new society. The launch will take place on Wednesday 17th April from 3.30pm – 5.30pm at the Large Acoustic room, Aras Na Mac Leinn, NUI Galway.   

Caption: Mincéirs Whiden Society (from left): Jason Sherlock and Owen Ward

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