Longford Town now, originally Roscommon, and time in Dublin Blanchardstown, and wherever he wishes to go in future, his parents Michael & Ellen, when they first moved to Longford, they went to Lanesborough Roscommon side, was a place there before the fire station went up, near a mart.
A proud traveller Martin is, was pleasure chatting to this gentleman, who was very open in our discussion, I was born into it the old ways on the road, one in a few I thought, in Longford only a couple, but apparently he tells me, there is many in Dublin you might not believe it, but there is quite few hundred and more, my parents formerly were in caravan only, me being one of 15 kids, and for a reason they could not control, they had to move into a home dwelling, but have now since moved out, now in an old fashioned tent.
I will never martin tells me move into a house as you see it, I’m disheartened being honest, them that do, because ‘that’s it, you have cut the ties to the real traveller way, as I see it you are trapped locked up, you cannot move freely, I have a smaller trailer I can move anywhere whenever I want, I have all you need as you see, love the excitement of moving also, you could get up late at night travel, land somewhere you don’t know if you would be there for two days one day a week or two months, was the very same when i grew up, excitement moving at night time like a big adventure.
Here where I am now, Longford Hardstand, moved here 2011, have my own family now, Wife Partner Debbie and my son Danny, there is only couple of bays left here, where there was 16 originally, but there was too much messing going on, but we have a small unit there for washing machine etc., have all we need, nobody can tell you what to do, your ‘your own man, in the way we live, not tied down like settlers, have to say myself i kind of envy that roaming nature, imagine new people new places.
Ting about travellers to , you can’t always tell what one has or not, but no matter what, we are born with what we have, born who we are, can’t change that, as I was born on the road I'll go out the other end also, as I will, my son i will teach the ways also, and as my father taught me 'nobody can tell you any different', and I’ll teach my son same. As I was saying no matter what we have, if another traveller needs a hand we throw down anything we have and help, we are all equal.
Debbie was born and raised in Longford my partner, her grandfather Charlie Quinn MacDonagh, was what you would call an original tinker, he was a tin man, made cups, pots etc. he was from Tullamore.
I asked about the controversy over the traveller fight’s, not like it used to be he said, there’s no more honour in it, could end up dead now, or life in jail what good are you to your family then, I am categorically against it, it use to be honourable, if you had an issue with another family, you would send out your best as they would, fights no fouling everything was done in great spirits, and afterward you would shake hands and even have a drink with them, the fight was over that was it, there is bullies now, it’s not very traveller like and i don’t like it.
There is one gentleman Dan Rooney who is now a reborn Christian and a preacher, travels to spread the word, but he was a great King of the travellers a very good and fair man.
The old ways, use to be with a traveling traveller, was honourable also, my own family line, use to do it, they would help out on local farms, never get cash but the farmer would pay in vegetable’s and food, some use to love us being there, would keep an eye out on farm, watch the machinery, some never wanted us to leave, did it myself with my mother, I remember being only 5 6 picking spuds and other things and my mother would get some in payment, they never asked for much just enough to get by, and was the best of stuff we were eating, it’s the freedom you know also, can move anywhere, love the freedom of traveling, and honest work like that, back even further it was the travellers who would have horses and help farmer also plough the land, all machinery now, can I add the businesses across form us here in Longford Hardstand, could not be more helpful, if you wanted needed anything they would give it.
In that picture Paddy and Winnie Mongan, grandparents living the old way, can see bit of a tent to the side, left to right, with the kids is Patrick, Brian, Mary, my mother Ellen Nora, and Biddy, that was roughly 50 years ago. In the 2nd picture is me as a baby, was my christening the elders I know Pat & Mary, can’t recall the others, the priest father Eamon he was that did my service then, a great man, that was near Mother Hubbard’s, Blanchardstown.
Also very sporting travellers, dogs horse, with dogs there is the hare hunting, if you have a good dog and he proves himself fast you can make on that with, breeding rights also same with horses, I remember there was a guy who won King of the road, there is many different leagues so to speak with types of horses there is, but if you're crowned king of the road can be very lucrative, I rem one guy was offered 16 thousand for his winning horse refused the monies, he would have made lots anyway with a servicing, knowing it was a good horse, the vet was called after the race to give the horse an injection, because of a soft leg muscle, but wasn’t there a bubble in it and the horse died,from that needle injection, a lot felt he should have sold it for that value anyways, but that’s history now.
open road freedom traveling, it's in my nature, I can't change that and no man can change my mind on it either it's all i know, I wouldn't have it any other way