Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy

The first big change for the Travellers was when people started buying daily newspapers. Before that they used to rely on Travellers to tell all the news from around the country. People used to look forward to the Travellers coming because they had news and information.
We used to travel by horse and cart. When cars came the roads were more dangerous and noisier and it was more difficult to find a safe and quiet place to camp. Travellers don’t travel so much nowadays because its much harder to find a quiet, safe spot to camp.
Then plastic was invented. Everything was made in plastic and nobody wanted the tin buckets and cans that we used to make. And that meant we didn’t make any money
As for unemployment benefit . . . You needed an address in order to get the benefit so Travellers had to move into houses if they wanted to get the benefit money. They couldn’t keep travelling.

(World Around Unit 5 Page 56)

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