A variety of caravans, horse boxes and mobile homes are also on display
A series of striking black-and-white images have been released to the public after a photographer was granted unprecedented access to the community.
Jamie Johnson photographed the Irish travellers at the Ballinasloe Horse Fair and Festival, a key event in their calendar.
Puppies and horses are usually traded at Irish festival, held in October, which is Europe’s oldest horse fair.
Living alongside a traveller family, Ms Johnson said she managed to gain their trust after a “introduction and lots of smiling”.
Spending time with mothers shopping, playing with children and mingling with the community, the photographer said got to know the families.
Ms Johnson said: “It is not an easy community to penetrate but after a few introductions and lots of smiling, I was given access into their lives.
“It was an amazing journey and I made connections with so many kind and generous families. They allowed me to photograph their lives and cultures.
“The children followed me around and took turns using my cameras.”
Jamie Johnson photographed the Irish travellers at the Ballinasloe Horse Fair and Festival
The intimate photos capture family life, with numerous young children pictured.
Little kids play with their toy guns and brandish them at the camera, while others puff on fake cigarettes.
A baby is photographed having a bath in a washing-up bowl, while little girls put glittery make-up on one another inside their caravans.
I learned their traditions of being sharply dressed young boys and overly provocatively dressed young girls
And in-keeping with traveller traditions, youngsters are seen with their animals, from dogs to horses, with some snapped perching atop horse-drawn wagons.
A variety of caravans, horse boxes and mobile homes are also on display, with curious children peering out of windows.
And the infamous outfits travellers are known for, from dapper boys to girls dressed as princesses, were proudly on display.
Teenage travellers from across the country and beyond use the fair to meet
Ms Johnson said: “I learned their traditions of being sharply dressed young boys and overly provocatively dressed young girls yet still very Catholic, their goals of falling in love, getting married young and producing many children.
“And a strong sense of taking care of each other and family values and always respecting God.”
The notoriously private Ballinasloe festival is attended by families from across Europe who make the pilgrimage to the annual event.
First days of the Appleby horse fair Gallery
Fri, June 3, 2016
First days of the 2016 Appleby horse fair. The biggest annual gathering of gypsies and travellers held in Appleby Cumbria.
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But not just trading which takes place at the ancient event, teenage travellers from across the country and beyond use the fair to meet potential future spouses.
Ms Johnson said: “They hope to find good husbands for their daughters in their community to carry on travellers traditions.
Puppies and horses are usually traded at Irish festival
“This warm generous family-orientated community seeks good lives for their children, and has great hopes for their community.
“The community works to carry on their family culture and traditions through many generations by telling all the wonderful stories of their grandparents' and great-grandparents' travels.
“They seek equality and hope to rid of for the next generation of the extreme prejudice that has faced theirs.”
An estimated 25,000 travellers live in Ireland, and are part of the culture of the country dating back to Celtic times.