Via Sunday Miscellany on RTÉ Radio 1: On Traveller beoirs and their relationship with their hair - listen to Crowning Glory by Rosaleen McDonagh, read by Kathleen Lawrence, above... 

'The global interest on how identities are shaped, formed and carried, is part of the commodification of womens bodies and appearances. Wearing hair long is a tradition of resilience and representation , that resonates with many minority ethnic women including Traveller and Roma. Hair and the question of beoir's hair has always created curiosity. While historical images of Traveller beoirs are scarce, those that are available often present Traveller beoirs where there hair is displayed and adorned in a very creative fashion...'

Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday mornings at 9.10 am - listen back here.