Irish Traveller and TikTok stars reveal they can't go on holiday until they're married or work for a living
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Irish Traveller and TikTok stars reveal they can't go on holiday until they're married or work for a living

IRISH Traveller sisters have offered TikTok fans a glimpse into their lifestyle and culture - and left some viewers shocked by revealing that most women don’t go on holiday before marriage or work for a living.

Caitlin, 18, and her sister Lizzy, 20, have amassed 147k and 261k TikTok followers, respectively, from vlogging about their life as Travellers.

Commenting on their popularity, Caitlin, the younger of the two sisters said: "We never realised how interested non-travellers are in the travelling community. 

"If you have any questions about us travellers, we'll give you as much detail as we can give you."

While Lizzy, 20, added: "We'll do it from our experience and what we know, because everyone’s different and how they grew up, how they were raised."

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Caitlin said: "I feel like one out of 100 traveller women actually have a job and go to work, because they mostly leave it down to the husbands. 

"We don't really go to work. I know people that have been to work."

The girls stress that they are not typical of the community, as Caitlin is currently in college and both sisters have part-time jobs.

"I finished primary school, secondary school, I'm in college right now, I completed all my GCSES," Caitlin added.

"Some will go to school, some won't, but it's more common for them to not go to school. 

"I think it just depends on the family whether they want to send them to school. Most likely no because that’s not the line of work that traveller boys or girls go down."

Filming inside her caravan - which showed a closet teeming with clothes, sleeping areas, sofas, and a TV - Caitlin was able to show her living space to fans eager to get an idea of her day-to-day life.

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She currently resides with her family and is not yet married.

While it is common for girls in the traveller community to marry young, Caitlin explained this is not always the case.

"Everyone assumes all travellers get married at 14 or 15. Some do get married at 14 or 15, maybe not 14, maybe 15. Some get married 18, 19, 20, you can get married at 25", she said.

"But it's more common to get married in your teenage years. And it all depends on when you meet them. 

"Some get married two months after they know them, or five years after they know them. You can't put a time to a person."

Caitlin is forbidden to go on holiday until she's married - with family holiday's being an exception.

She said: "As Irish girls we're not allowed to go on holiday until we're married, or with our family. Obviously there's different circumstances. 

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"If we were allowed, I'd be gone every year. You're not allowed that until you’re married, or with your family. It's a big no."

The sisters' online videos have proved immensely popular; with each of them garnering millions of likes and thousands of comments.

One post to Caitlin's account read: "Your bathroom has more storage than mine."

Another follower wrote: "Ignore them haters hun you’re amazing."

While a third supporter said: "You should not get any hate babe! Your unreal!!! And your home is perf."