The capital and largest city is Dublin, which is located on the eastern part of the island, and whose metropolitan area is home to around a third of the country's 4.75 million inhabitants.The state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom.There was an episode of that focused on the South Carolina area of Murphy Village a few years ago, for instance – although a producer of that show later told a local paper that “the men just didn’t want to talk to us”.TV3 documentary-maker Paul Connolly found a similar story when he attempted to make contact with the community.In Surrey, where I keep my horses, I’ve met many people formerly referred to, quite wrongly, as pikeys and I’ve never come across one yet who has been backward in coming forward with a verbal insult or two if he or she feels it is required. If you ask me, these short forms aren’t real racial insults at all, just words invented by kids to describe each other and make sense of why they look a bit different. It’s just a bit quicker to say, quite wrongly, ‘pikey’, instead of ‘person from the traveller community who lives on the road’, which is why you tend to get a lot people saying it, particularly when they are telling jokes. It doesn’t change the sense of what he’s saying to replace ‘pikey’ with ‘member of the traveller community’, it just takes longer to say.Arriving in the area along with two members of the Navan Traveller Workshop, the journalist says it was difficult at first, but they eventually managed to “break the ice” with the locals.However, the presenter also wanted to focus on another community – Oakhaven in Tennessee – and says that when his team first arrived they were “high-tailed out by a couple of vans”.
Travelers once roamed from town to town in horse-drawn carts, earning their keep by busking and tinsmithing; because of the latter vocation, they were nicknamed "Tinkers," a word that's now considered something of a slur.It’s estimated there are as many as 10,000 people in the states who identify themselves as part of the community, although that number could be far greater – the problem being the US Census doesn’t recognise them as a separate ethnic group.In recent years, US Travellers have begun to let their guard down a little. It is simply a short hand to describe a person who lives on the road. If there is an insult, it is to compare the bling in his car with the bling of a gypsy wedding, for example.Like ‘shorty’ and ‘fatty’ they may be childish and cheeky, but they have no place on a police charging sheet for a hate crime.Congratulations on producing something so brilliant and well-researched. The notion of the returning dead, intent on drinking the blood of the living has been an extremely potent image at least as far back as Classical Greece and Rome, while various blood-drinking 'revenants' and 'undead' feature in the medieval lore of several European countries.