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A Settlement of Irish Travellers

Certainly during the Renaissance it is well documented that some Gypsies and Travellers did extraordinarily well financially. They were accustomed to change, and dealing with whatever hand life dealt.  Adapting to these rapid changes in the Renaissance following the Middle Ages was no big deal to them, and many accumulated fantastic wealth.  While many Gadjo have an image of Gypsies and Travellers being beggars and thieves, migrating around in rag tag bands, these houses, and their accompanying grounds, and of course, automobiles, have a different tale to tell.  With the sole exception of the distinctive architecture, which catches the eye, but is difficult to categorize, one might never associate these handsome abodes with the wandering tent dwelling Tinkers of Lore.

This pocket of Irish has a dominant distinctive chosen architectural style for their houses.   Here you will find Corvettes and Mercedes Benz automobiles.  The local Gadjo (alas, including my own cousins with Gypsy lineage, maybe Travellers too) refer to these Travellers as Gypsies.

This delightful house has a double garage at each end.

The many gables and window style are typical of the architecture chosen by these Travellers.

Yes, there are still some house trailers here, but these are everywhere.  Surely you have cousins in them!

Irish Travellers are not Gypsies, yet they are often called so by Gadjo.  Irish Travellers share many traits with Gypsies, but are not of Asian Indian origin.  Irish Travellers are Celts, fair of skin, often blond, often blue eyed.  Some claim they even predate the Celtic invasion of Ireland, and this may be so.

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