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Pavee Peck

A collection of recipes and stories by Traveller women

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Congratulations to everyone who wrote the wonderful Pavee Peck. This is a collection of recipes and stories by Traveller women. It was launched in City of Dublin ETB Ballymun Education Service and was followed by a QQI Certificate Presentation to all the participants.

17 Traveller women created this cookbook, which showcases healthy meals prepared without electricity and while living on the roadside.

Women met at TravAct Coolock every Monday morning from September to December 2023. They talked and shared memories from the past as they cooked their way through the foods of their childhood.

Eager to share Traveller recipes that don’t require typical kitchen equipment, the cookbook includes recipes for spud bread, colcannon, the Christmas Goose, and many more.

The book also has Travellers cures for when people had no access to doctors on the side of the road. Travellers believed in these cures, such as goose grease for burns and alexander leaves for healing wounds on horses. They also have treatments for skin and hair, showcasing the many ways Traveller women looked after themselves while travelling.

There is also a section dedicated to Cant – the Traveller language.

Recipes, stories and more can be found on the website here:

‘Pavee Peck’ was the result of a collaboration between the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB), the Health Service Executive (HSE), Community Health Organisation (CHO), Dublin North City and County (DNCC) Health and Wellbeing and Social Inclusion, St Margaret’s Traveller Community Association, TravAct, and Pavee Point.

Brigid Collins, Winnie Collins, Mary Collins, Missy Collins, Mary Collins, Molly Collins, Maggie McDonagh, Moll Mary McDonagh, Kathleen McDonnell, Nancy McDonald, Maggie McDonnell, Ellie Mongan, Lisa McDonnell, Sheila Reilly, Mary Tyrell, Kathleen Ward.

Certificates were also given for completing training.

These women were celebrated at a launch at the CDETB – Adult Education Centre in Ballymun through a Q&A, a presentation and we were even treated to some traditional songs by Molly Collins, Brigid Collins & Mary Collins. With most women in attendance, they all agreed that the many hours spent talking and cooking together, brought them closer than they already were. 

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