The travelling community is Ireland is Ireland’s first real Irish ethnic group. They are an indigenous minority ethnic group.In Ireland older people are generally classified as those over 65. However in the travelling community this cannot be usually applied as they generally do not live as long as the rest of the population. The travelling community themselves have stated that if your 50 your considered as ‘old’ and some even consider 40 to 45 as ‘older’.The average life expectancy for a male is 64 and a female is 71, this is significantly lower than the general population. It shows a decrease of up to 15 years less for males and 11 years for females. It has been reported that only 3% of the travelling community are over 65 and drawing the old age pension. Most travellers in Ireland will be entitled to the non-contributory pension and other entitlements, this is mainly due to the fact that most of the working travellers are self-employed.The culture towards the older traveller is changing, in the past the older traveller was held in very high regard and commanded a lot of respect among the community. However the older traveller now has a fear that they are no longer accepted in the community. This could possibly be due to the changing of culture throughout the world regarding youth and physical abilities. The ageing travelling community have also expressed concern at the level of discrimination that they are still receiving not only from the general population but their own community. In the past the travelling community had a very high illiterate community, but in recent years a lot of the travelling community have completed primary, secondary and even third level education. This has led to more of the travelling community integrating with the settled community and leaving the older population behind, leaving them feeling very lonely and isolated.