My name is Breda O’Donoghue and I live in Cork, on the north side of the city. I am married for the last 26 years and I have four children.
I am a Traveller woman and I also work in a Traveller organisation, called the Traveller Visibility Group. This is a community development project and we work with Travellers across the city on a number of different issues.
My role within the project is director of advocacy and I represent and advocate for my community at local, regional, and national level.
My ideal way to spend a Friday night is to unwind and just try to relax and catch up on some TV shows I might have missed during the week.
I also try to catch up with the family on what’s happening for them and check in with them on how they are doing.
A bit of both, really: On Saturdays, I’m up early, because I have been in that routine all week, but on Sundays I do try to lie in and recharge the battery for the week ahead.
At times, it can, especially if there’s a bit of a crisis in the community, like, for example, if there was a storm and some families’ accommodation was affected, or during Covid-19, if there were families that needed support, if they were isolating.
Sometimes, there may be a report that I might need to read to prepare for a meeting or a training day.
I would probably head to London to do some shopping or visit some family and friends and see the sights. I would probably take my husband or one of my daughters.
I do like to visit the beaches in Kerry in the summertime and stay overnight when I can, in my campervan.
I’m very lucky that I live quite close to my immediate family, so I would see them often enough, but, at times, I would visit some of my extended family in other counties.
Not really. I do like to read sometimes, but I rarely get a chance. I also like to go to the cinema, but that seems so long ago now, due to Covid-19.
A bit of both. I don’t get a chance to entertain much myself, but I do like to go to the odd get-together with my friends. I’m not fussy when it comes to food, but I don’t like spicy food in general.
I don’t eat out much myself — I’m a bit boring, to say the least — but when I do, I like to go to places like Luigi’s or Scoozi’s for an evening meal, or Brackens for lunch: They do a brilliant sandwich.
I would normally get myself organised for the week ahead, but sometimes I just try to chill and get some ‘me time’.
I don’t normally set an alarm, as I generally wake up early enough, but if I have an early meeting to attend, I would set the alarm for 7.30 to give myself time to get prepared.
About Cruinniú na nÓg
Organised by Cork City Council in conjunction with Creative Ireland, over 30 events celebrating creativity in young people are being hosted by 26 cultural venues across the city, as part of Cruinniú na nÓg, on Saturday, June 12.
Cork Community Artlink and the Traveller Visibility Group (TVG) are creating a street art work on the walls of the TVG Building on John’s Street, celebrating young Travellers’ perspectives on life in the Travelling community through symbols, words, and imagery.