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    Camp
    Woman
    Baby
    Traveller
    Watery Road (Ennis)
    Lifford
    Drumcliff Parish
    Ennis
    Roadside Camp, Watery Road, Ennis. A family in their roadside camp. It was living conditions such as this that led to the setting up of the Ennis Committee for Travelling People. In the mid 1960s, Travellers were living out the Ballygriffey Road but by 1967, when the Committee was set up, the Travellers were in Ernagh beyond Drumcliffe. Gradually the Travellers were moving closer to town as they lost their traditional roles in the countryside as extra farmhands and tinsmiths due to modernisation on farms and as people began to replace broken buckets with new ones. They moved on to Lee's Road, nearer the town, but when local farmers placed boulders on the roadside to prevent them halting, they then moved to the Watery Road.
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    Horse
    Barrel Wagon
    Camp
    Watery Road (Ennis)
    Ennis
    Lifford
    Drumcliff Parish
    Horse on Watery Road. A horse standing in muck on the Watery Road, Ennis on Christmas Day, 1971.
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    Lifford
    Drumcliff Parish
    Ennis
    Watery Road (Ennis)
    Camp
    Barrel Wagon
    Traveller
    Roadside camps on Watery Road, Ennis. About 20 Traveller families lived in roadside tents and wagons on the Watery Road, Ennis during the 1960s and 70s. One of the first tasks the Ennis Committee for Travelling People took on was to buy green waterproof covers to make tents. Usually used for covering lorries, the covers fitted over the barrel wagons, and cost the Committee £11 at the time.
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    Barrell Wagon
    Coughlin Family
    Clarecastle
    Clareabbey Parish
    Car
    Coughlin's Barrell Wagon.
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    Kilmanaheen Parish
    Ennistymon
    Camp
    Deerpark West
    Traveller
    Roadside camp, Ennistymon. In the 1960s, most Travellers were living in tents at the side of the road. It was this sort of poverty that moved some settled people to set up the Ennis Committee for Travelling People to do something to improve the conditions of Travellers.
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    Sisters of Mercy
    Trailer
    Site
    Deerpark West
    Kilmanaheen Parish
    Ennistymon
    Traveller
    Traveller Settlement
    Ennistymon Site. Two trailers on the site near Ennistymon, made available by the Sisters of Mercy. Around 1970, the Ennis Committee for Travelling People got an agreement with the County Council to provide four sites in Ennis, but only got three (Drumcliffe, Ashline and Gaurus). They got a fourth site in Ennistymon from the Mercy Sisters who were always very helpful towards Travellers. The site accommodated two families.
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    Camp
    Barrel Wagon
    Woman
    Traveller
    Merlinpark
    Co Galway
    Roadside camp with barrel wagon, Merlin Park, Galway.
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    Clonroad More
    Drumcliff Parish
    Ennis
    Caravan
    Traveller
    Bridge
    Lady Gort's Caravan on Aughandayaud Bridge, Ennis.
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    Clonroad Beg
    Drumcliff Parish
    Ennis
    Horse
    Ennis Committee for Travelling People
    Horses grazing in a garden in Ennis. Travellers' horses were causing problems with the settled community, particularly since Travellers had moved into towns, and their horses were trespassing on peoples' land. This created a lot of bad feeling, Travellers were being fined regularly, and were being forced to get rid of their horses.
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    Caravan
    House
    Castleisland
    Co Kerry
    Caravan beside House. A Traveller caravan parked beside a house. Settled people sometimes allowed Travellers to park their caravans beside their houses, as in this case in Castleisland, Co. Kerry.
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    Drumcliff Parish
    Trailer
    Site
    Car
    Cahircalla More
    Ashline Site. The Ashline site near Ennis which was given to Travellers by the Diocesean Trust in 1970.
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    Drumcliff
    Drumcliff Parish
    Trailer
    Site
    Traveller
    Car
    Drumcliff Site. Clare County Council provided three sites near Ennis in 1970. This one was at Drumcliffe, just beyond the cemetery. The other two sites were at Gaurus, off the Tulla Road, and Ashline on the Kilrush Road. Two families occupied each site.
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    Gaurus
    Doora Parish
    Trailer
    Van
    Traveller
    Gaurus Site. The Gaurus site, off the Tulla Road, Ennis. This was the first of three sites near Ennis provided for Travellers by Clare County Council.
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    Gaurus
    House
    Doora Parish
    Traveller
    Gaurus Houses. Houses built for Travellers by Clare County Council at Gaurus, off the Tulla Road, Ennis.