When shaker culture broke out in Dublin in the 1980s, it was hailed as a major cultural change for the Irish nation.
Now, Irish folk music and dance, dubbed shakers, are in the spotlight, with thousands of Irish fans attending gigs around the country.
But the shaker community in Ireland is also facing the challenge of growing up, while the world around them is changing.
“The shaker people, we’ve always been part of the fabric of Irish life,” said Róisín O’Higgins, a member of the Shaker Community Ireland, which has been operating in Ireland since 1987.
“They’ve always had their roots in the shakers and they’re now the people who are taking a stand against the shakiest parts of society.”
Shaker culture started in the Netherlands Shaker music originated in the Dutch town of Nijmegen, in the south of the country, but in the mid-20th century, it spread to Dublin.
By the early 20th century it had become a thriving, diverse, and diverse-looking music scene.
By mid-century, there were more than 50 shaker groups and there were hundreds of festivals around the world.
Irish-born artist Michael Tullo, who began performing shaker music in the 1960s, is credited with making it mainstream.
In 1983, he was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the National Arts Council of Ireland.
But he also found that many people felt the music was not representative of the community.
“It’s something that people are very uncomfortable with,” he said.
“People think that it’s not really Irish music, that’s not the way we are.”
In recent years, shakers have had a more diverse and multicultural profile, thanks to their many Irish fans and the Irish Government.
But many members of the shaky community have found themselves facing discrimination in the workplace.
“You don’t hear people say they’re shakers,” said O’Halloran.
“I’ve been called shakers on the street by other shakers who haven’t been called by my name, which is really upsetting.
It makes you feel uncomfortable, it’s hard for me to live in a society where people are so hostile towards you.”
Tullos work as a songwriter for a recording studio and he said he was treated poorly when he asked to use a bathroom stall.
“There’s always been a stereotype that Irish people are all stinky,” he told The Irish Daily News.
“A lot of people say that they’re a bit more dirty than that.
That’s not true.
I’m not a stinky person, but I do have some very strong opinions about things.”
In the US, where shakers are the most popular group, there is also a long history of discrimination against Irish-Americans.
In 2004, the US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the US District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that Shaker and Irish Americans were treated unfairly in the hiring of lawyers and the courts.
The lawsuit was settled in 2009 and the US government said it would not pursue civil rights cases against Shakers.
But O’Malley said that discrimination in Ireland has not improved in the past two decades.
“When you look at how far the Irish-American community has come in terms of equality, it hasn’t,” he explained.
“What’s changed over the last 30 years is that we’ve got a much more diverse society now, where people from every background are represented in the community, they are able to participate in society. “
“We have so many opportunities for the shaka, and I think that’s something the shaking community needs to realise.” “
Shakers’ legacy in Ireland Shaker members who live in Dublin, Cork, or Limerick have a range of rights, such as being able to wear clothes that don’t contain shaker logos, to use public toilets without using the facilities of a shaker, and to take part in religious ceremonies. “
We have so many opportunities for the shaka, and I think that’s something the shaking community needs to realise.”
Shakers’ legacy in Ireland Shaker members who live in Dublin, Cork, or Limerick have a range of rights, such as being able to wear clothes that don’t contain shaker logos, to use public toilets without using the facilities of a shaker, and to take part in religious ceremonies.
However, some members have complained that shakers still aren’t treated equally.
“Some of the people that I know who are Irish-Shakers, they do not get the same treatment as everyone else,” said Shaker member Mary Kelly.
“In Ireland, shaker is a religion, but it’s very difficult to live your life without shakers.
They’re not there as a social support group for people that are struggling, but they are there to listen to your problems.”
In 2015, Irish shaker and folk singer Sean O’Donoghue was murdered by a white supremacist in a house in Cork.
“He was killed by a fellow shaker,” said Kelly.
Sean’s murder sparked a debate on shakers’ rights in Ireland.