Project Team

Who worked on this project?

Primary Healthcare Workers
Travellers are employed as Primary Health Care Workers, they work with their own community, the HSE and other services/agencies to improve the health of the Traveller Community. Primary Health Care workers make weekly visits to Travellers in their area and provide health education and awareness. They also work with the HSE to ensure their services are inclusive of Travellers.

City of Dublin ETB – Adult Education Service
Providing free classes in adult education and community centres in over 150 locations in Dublin. Tutors and learners work together in a supportive, warm, friendly environment. With a wide range of courses, you will find a course to suit you. Find your nearest centre on

Coolock Darndale Adult Education Service
Working to improve the reading, writing, spelling, maths, and digital skills in our area. We offer classes in a range of subjects and welcome adults of all ages. Check out to learn more.

HSE CHO DNCC Health & Wellbeing
HSE CHO DNCC Health and Wellbeing aims to reduce inequalities in health and improve access to mainstream and targeted health services for vulnerable and excluded groups in Ireland.

HSE DHCO DNCC Social Inclusion
Focused on helping people to stay healthy and well, reducing health inequalities and protecting people from threats to their health and wellbeing.

Primary Health Care for Travellers Projects
Primary Health Care for Traveller Projects work in partnership with the HSE. They use a Social Determinants Model of Health – this looks at all things that impact on health such as accommodation, discrimination, employment, and education.

With many thanks to everyone

who helped make this project possible:

Howley’s Family Butchers supplied our meats and sourced rabbits, pig tails, and lamb’s heart. The rabbit was a firm favourite with the women, who have since ordered a few more from Padraig.

Mary Skipton and Joanne McCabe led out on the project and spent many hours in the classroom, the office, at home and the TravAct kitchen bringing it all together.

Lisa Kelly from HSE CHO DNCC Health & Wellbeing for facilitating the Christmas dinner cookery session in TravAct and helping in many ways behind the scenes with her ongoing support to everyone involved.

The Doghouse in Howth welcomed us to their cozy tea rooms, gave us a great cooked breakfast and kept the tea flowing while the storm blew, and the rain poured.

Nicole Dunne from Howth Foraging who took us to Howth on a rainy September morning and spoke about edible plants, herbs and cures.

Niall Ennis worked on our cover, layout, images, print and web design – we are very happy to have him on board.

Andrew Connelly, the regional literacy co-ordinator from the Adult Literacy for Life office.

All the support staff in the City of Dublin ETB, the HSE CHO DNCC Health and Wellbeing, TravAct, Pavee Point and St. Margaret’s Traveller Community Association.

Emily Marshall who worked on the Health and Wellbeing course and helped develop this idea.

And finally, the oversight committee who met regularly to plan this project, keep it on track, and bring it to life. Thank you to Bridget Nevin, Lisa Kelly, Mary Brigid Collins, Winnie Collins, Fran Keyes, Máirín Kenny, and Leah Skipton.

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