New Podcast “Mincéirs: Paving the Way” with Hosts Latisha McCrudden and Emma Ward

‘Mincéirs: Paving the Way’ highlights the unique issues faced by the Traveller community, and encourages individuals to feel empowered and confident in using their voices for change.


spunout is proud to announce the launch of a groundbreaking new podcast series, ‘Mincéirs: Paving the Way,’ presented by advocates Latisha McCrudden and Emma Ward. This collaboration, supported by the Community Foundation of Ireland, aims to shine a light on the experiences and challenges faced by young Travellers in Ireland, promoting a sense of empowerment and community.

Amplifying voices to raise awareness

‘Mincéirs: Paving the Way’ highlights the unique issues faced by the Traveller community, and encourages individuals to feel empowered and confident in using their voices for change.

‘Mincéirs: Paving the Way’ creates and curates engaging, insightful episodes that break down barriers by highlighting the commonalities between young Travellers and non-Travellers.

By featuring stories from trailblazers within the Traveller community, ‘Mincéirs: Paving the Way’ inspires listeners to combat racism and promote inclusivity in Ireland. ‘Mincéirs: Paving the Way’ also amplifies the views and voices of young people on pressing issues.

Discussing the issues that matter to young Travellers

Each episode of ‘Mincéirs: Paving the Way’ delves into critical themes such as sport, ableism, politics, education, mental health, and employment. The podcast also features a diverse array of guests, including:

  • Thomas McCann, founder of the Traveller Counselling Service
  • Senator Eileen Flynn, the first female Traveller to be appointed to the Seanad
  • Rose Marie Maughan, prominent human rights advocate
  • Rosaleen McDonagh, playwright and disability rights activist

Beyond Traveller Pride Week

The podcast launches on Thursday the 6th of June, following Traveller Pride Week, ensuring the momentum of the conversation around Traveller issues continues to grow. By keeping these important discussions at the forefront, ‘Mincéirs: Paving the Way’ creates a lasting impact on listeners and society at large.

“I feel very privileged to be given this opportunity to co-host this empowering podcast, to have great conversations with many amazing diverse people in our community and to be able to share my own experiences as a disabled Irish Traveller woman”, said Emma Ward.

“I hope this gives listeners a deeper understanding of my community and to know that there’s so much goodness within the community despite the negative impact of social media, I hope each and every listener enjoys our hard work”, she added.

Listen now to Episode 1: My Experience of Racism in Sport as an Irish Traveller

With a first Dan black belt in karate, episode one of ‘Mincéirs: Paving the Way’ looks at Latisha’s experience in the sport. It is available to stream now wherever you get your podcasts. Episodes will be released every three weeks, so follow now to make sure you are notified when a new episode is released.

About the hosts

Emma Ward is a freelance journalist and content creator. She has powerfully shared her story as an Irish Traveller and activist living with a disability.  You can follow her journey and activism on TikTok at @emmawardjournalist and X @emmawardjourno.

Latisha McCrudden is a 19 year-old first year law student at the University of Galway. An Irish Traveller and activist, Latisha has a strong interest in politics and shares her insights throughout the podcast. You can follow Latisha on Instagram @latishamccrudden and X @latishamc2004

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