Irish Traveller's Resource Collection, compiled by Aileen L'Amie for the University of Ulster


Irish Traveller's Resource Collection, compiled by Aileen L'Amie for the University of Ulster


The Irish Travelling People Collection at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, is a unique collection of material covering all aspects of the Travellers’ way of life, values and customs. The Collection was assembled by Aileen L’Amie, of the University of Ulster School of Education, and donated to the library in Jordanstown at the time of her retirement in 1998.

The Collection includes books, pamphlets, newspaper cuttings, journal articles, photographs, postcards and other material. Although most of the material covered is from the later part of the twentieth century, there are earlier documents from 1890 onwards. The collection largely focuses on the Irish Traveller community. However there is also information on Travellers in Britain, Scotland, Europe and the United States of America.

Subjects covered in the collection include:

Early history of the Traveller community, Shelta, folktales and folk music, health and welfare, education and site provision.

The earlier volumes of the collection are organised into broad subject categories. Later material is added into general volumes as received. Most material was collected between 1975 and 1998 although occasional contributions continue to be received. For example, the family tree of Dr Sinead Ni Shuinear, herself a major contributor to the Collection, was converted into digital format by Dr Mark Hanley and added to the Collection in 2006.

Location: Jordanstown

The Collection may be consulted by arrangement with the Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian.


Aileen L'Amie


1975 - 1998

Collection Items

Volume 1 A
Volume 1

Early History

Part A

1. "Home of the Travelling people" 1A1

2. Foreword by Victor Bewley

Volume 1 part b
Volume 1
Part B


1. Editor's note IB1

2. Barrel top wagons (drawings) …

Volume 1 Part D
Table of Contents

Editor's note 1D1

2. Alexander, W.M (1956)
"The Macphees of Wick" …

Volume 2 Part A
Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2A1

2. Editor's note 2A4

3. Acton, Thomas ( 1974)…

Volume 2 part B
Table of Contents.

Editor's Note

28. Galway Itinerant Settlement Council 1967 and 1969

29. Geary, R C -1979
See Dempsey M

30. Gmelch, Sharon -1971
"An exodus of Travelling people"

31. Gmelch, Sharon Bohn &…

Volume 2 Part C
Contents; Page


2. INTRODUCTION. . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

3. SOME…
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