Irish Traveller family outside their caravan.

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Today we add a little colour to the stream with this fine shot from the Tilbrook Photographic Collection. The family portrait is less posed than the formal shots we see from the Poole studio, and I must say that the females look a lot happier about the process than the males. We have identified quite a few people from the Tilbrook collection before and it would be great if we could do so again with this photo.

Photographer: Richard Tilbrook

Collection: Tilbrook Photographic Collection

Date: June 1963

NLI Ref: TIL847

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richardtilbrook tilbrookphotographiccollection nationallibraryofireland 1960’s caravan irishtravellerfamily smiles family girls boys colour ireland

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Oct/2021 06:15:47

    Dog!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Oct/2021 06:19:02

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I was thinking it could be a sheep, but dog it is!

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    derangedlemur

    • 08/Oct/2021 06:48:46

    catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000193992 might help with the location.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Oct/2021 07:04:48

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I am sure it will. It looks to be West of Ireland to me, Tilbrook was way South in Kerry and as far North as Clifden.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 08/Oct/2021 08:11:26

    It is always a pleasant surprise to see some colour in this NLI photostream; I wondered how the photo would look in black and white ... https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia/51563379722/

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 08/Oct/2021 09:42:20

    I would imagine they were poor folks, who were always on the move. I feel a bit sad seeing this image. Eight children . . . A blessing and a burden.

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    O Mac

    • 08/Oct/2021 09:52:18

    Here's a wider shot showing hills that might help with finding location. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000193992/MooviewerImg?mobile...

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    Foxglove

    • 08/Oct/2021 15:12:02

    not long after the date (1963) of the photo we were on our annual pilgrimage to the north west coast so that we could experience Atlantic storms in August rather than Irish sea drizzle. I was about 6 and was bored and "playing up". as we rounded another bend in the road there was a group of traveller families with caravans just like this, canvas benders were added, wood fires, horses and dogs - the children ran barefoot. My mother turned on me and said "if you don't behave we will give you to the gypsies" ! ( a word no longer used) . I can clearly remember thinking "please stop the car ! I want to get off"

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    suckindeesel

    • 08/Oct/2021 20:02:40

    "Go to sleep my little tinker Let all your troubles pass you by For you have no place to camp now Ah that's a tinkers lullaby. Ever since you were a baby Cradle in your mothers shawl The site they said they didn't want you And now you have no home at all When your mother died and left you You had to fend all alone All in this land of saints and scholars And still you have not got a home. Although your clothes are torn and ragged And your hair is silvery grey Some day you'll die and go to heaven And you will find a camp down there. Go to sleep my little tinker Let all your troubles pass you by For you have no place to camp now Ah that's a tinkers lullaby." -- The Pecker Dunne

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Oct/2021 20:46:48

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Lovely, I have never seen the poem before. Mary

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    suckindeesel

    • 08/Oct/2021 21:25:05

    Really the lyrics to the song "The Tinker's Lullaby" m.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Cr5lbjfso

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 11/Oct/2021 06:30:52

    No location yet? Tsk, tsk. My two cents is somewhere on the Skellig Ring like this one - https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/49941109372/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeegee/ will know!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 11/Oct/2021 08:01:01

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia For my two cents, I think Connemara?

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    Myrtle26

    • 12/Oct/2021 12:33:59

    Thanks for this picture and all the information. Suck Diesel has given a Pecker Dunne poem that makes me wonder how many of this family 'stuck it long' going the roads of Ireland.

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    Foxglove

    • 19/Oct/2021 17:41:26

    previously, a family was identified when a photo of travellers was last posted, surprised that with the age of photo/children that someone somewhere has not made a connection.

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    Raku Crackle

    • 07/Nov/2021 03:35:19

    You have to view O Mac's wide vision photo, then tell us ...