To view this film and the entire Digital Film Archive collection, please visit your nearest Digital Film Archive Location.
It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.
A documentary looking at the changing life of a travelling family caught between social antagonism, a strong sense of traveller identity and having to adjust to a changing world.
General view of travellers camp site with caravans, sheds, horses. Men with gun dogs. This is the Ward family's camp at a disused quay in Newry. Reliance on scrap collecting rather than tin smithing. 04:48 Filling milk cans with water for the McDonagh family camp at Coalisland. Tom McDonagh and his extended family have lived there for nine years. His twenty-six grandchildren go to school. Interview with girl who doesn’t like school and has stopped. 08:17 Children playing hopscotch. 09:04 Woman bathing child in small tub inside caravan. Two children, outside, playing with model old style caravan. Children coming home from school. 10:25 Interview with woman inside caravan. 11:03 View of Tom McDonagh making a tin cup. Introduction of plastic and aluminium changed the travellers livelihood. 14:00 Interior classroom. 14:46 Children playing at camp. Close up of feet and muddy ground. 17:37 Family gathered around outside fire. Three women talking about needing to beg in the past. 19:42 Start of a cock fight. 20:20 Making repairs to a shed. 20:55 Coalisland. Interview with woman who would like toilets and water put in and they could continue to live there. 21:46 Storing scrap at site increases antagonism felt towards travellers. 22:50 Mary McDonagh washing clothes. Worried that tinker traditions are being lost. 25:30 Men throwing horse shoes. 27:20 Tin drum placed over fire, pot put on top, people eating.
Narrator – Bill Hunter; Photography – Rex Maidment; Sound –Peter Lindsay; Film Editor – Don O'Donovan; Producer – Bill Miskelly