In this episode we talk to Laura Angela Collins, Author of the book "The Tinker Menace: Diary of an Irish Traveller" , which tells of life in a magdalene laundry as a Traveller woman. We also discuss Traveller rights, Women's rights and the devastation caused by Traveller shame pages and image based abuse within the community.
Please support Laura by buying her book:
"This is a page turning book which shows the heart-breaking journey that Mary Collins and her daughter Laura Angela took. It shows their close bond, while in Marys childhood she was being beaten in the Magdalene laundry and industrial school to hate her ethnicity and her mother to never have the bond they both share. Mary’s sister Margaret aged fourteen was locked away in Sunday wells good shepherds cork Magdalene laundry. Her mother Angelina was locked away in St. Vincent Magdalene laundry for twenty seven years after being deemed a good mum in reports, once she entered the doors of the laundry, she would never see freedom again. When Mary was on the edge after so much betrayal, corruption, cover ups & injustice, Laura sets out to expose the extensive cover ups created by the Irish government and Catholic Church around the child abuse inquiry & the genocide on her small community to the public. She promises to help her mum remove her loved one from a neglected mass grave after the State and Church was both responsible in taking their life. "
You can pick up her book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tinker-Menace-Diary-Irish-Traveller/dp/1091090769
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