TRAVELLER EDUCATION COORDINATOR at MUNSTER TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
LEANNE MC DONAGH
Leanne McDonagh is an artist and a teacher. She is also a Traveller woman who grew up on a halting site, with first-hand experience of the prejudices and misconceptions that society has about Travellers.
As an artist she feels she has a unique opportunity to represent and record her community from within.
Since Leanne's debut in 2015, she has hung numerous exhibitions across the provinces’ and has received several awards and bursaries to aid her in her practice. Her work features in both private and public collections nationally and internationally. She is currently working on a public sculpture funded by the % for Art scheme and has recently illustrated a short story book, titled, “Why the Moon Travels” written by a fellow Traveller, Oein De Bhairduin, which is the first of its kind in Ireland. She is also currently participating in Illuminations, an RTE Art Project, commissioned during the Pandemic in 2020
As the Traveller Education Coordinator with Munster Technological University, Leanne aims to use her educational experiences, both positive and negative, for the benefit of present and prospective students from the Travelling community. Leanne established the Traveller Graduate Network in 2019 and is also developing a work experience programme aimed specifically at Traveller students.