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Sociology PhD student joins RTÉ research team for new documentary on Irish Travellers

Sindy Joyce, a PhD student with the Department of Sociology, will be interviewed on the Late Late Show this Friday September 23rd in connection with her involvement in a new documentary about Irish Travellers. The three part documentary, fronted by John  Connors, will be aired on Wednesday the 28th of September 9:35pm on RTE 1.

The series aims to shed new light on the story of Ireland’s Travellers. Building a research team of fellow Travellers, John begins a ground-breaking research project that offers an alternative to the documented facts previously set down by `settled people’. His team starts by recording the experiences and stories of close family relatives, among which are tales of the Irish Travellers’ `bogeyman’, known as `The Cruelty Man’.”

Sindy is a member of the research team for the documentary and was involved in gathering oral histories from members of the community over the course of the summer. She will be interviewed  on this Friday’s Late Late Show regarding her role in the documentary, but also her experiences as a Traveller and an activist more generally.

Sindy Joyce is co-supervised by Dr Amanda Haynes and Dr Martin Power. She is the current recipient of the AHSS Registrar’s scholarship, and former recipient of a postgraduate scholarship from the UL Foundation and a Department of Sociology/AHSS fee waiver. She was also awarded postgraduate funding by the Irish Research Council.

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