On March 1 2017 Irish Travellers were formally recognised as a distinct ethnic minority by the Irish government. Nobody was more pleased than actor John Connors, a Traveller and one of the great activists of his generation.
A few months earlier, RTE aired his fascinating documentary called Race Matters: John Connors’ America. In it he explored racism among two groups – African Americans and Native Americans – and for me, the programme made for compulsive viewing, not least because it was from the unique perspective of an Irish Traveller. And while the violence on the mean streets of Chicago was an eye-opener, he felt right at home on the reservations of Native Americans in South Dakota.
He’s pictured above with Lashadion Anthony and Lelani Russell on an open-carry gun patrol in McKinney, Texas.