Irish Migrants in Modern Wales

Irish Migrants in Modern Wales

by Paul O'Leary (Editor)


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Until relatively recently, immigrant and ethnic minority groups were relegated to one of the silences in the history of modern Wales. Where they were mentioned at all it was as outsiders who added a dash of color and exoticism to the story of the majority but who had little to contribute to our understanding of developments in the "mainstream" of society. In recent years this picture has begun to change, and historians, sociologists, novelists and the media have all given sustained attention to the immigrant and ethnic minority experience.
The essays in this volume examine the experience of Irish migrants to Wales, comparing their experience with that of other migrants and offering case studies of Irish settlement in a number of Welsh towns. Attention is also given to anti-Irish protest movements in the late nineteenth century and the later imprisonment of Irish Republicans. The essays examine in depth the social and cultural impact that Irish migrants have made on Wales, and show more broadly the ways in which the study of such migrant groups poses searching questions about the nature of society as a whole.

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ISBN-13: 9780853238584
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Series: Liverpool University Press - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies
Pages: 183
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 1600L (what's this?)

About the Author

Paul O’Leary is a lecturer in history at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the author of The Irish in Wales.


Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Towards Integration: the Irish in Modern Wales - Paul O'Leary
South Wales, the Coal Trade and the Irish Famine Refugee Crisis - Frank Neal
Irish Settlement in Nineteenth -Century Cardiff - John Hickey
'Decorous and Creditable': The Irish in Newport - Chris Williams
The Irish in Wrexham, 1850-1889 - Peter Jones
Reassessing the Anti-Irish Riot: Popular Protest and the Irish in South Wales, c. 1826-1882 - Louise Miskell
The Cult of Respectability and the Irish in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Wales - Paul O'Leary
'The Black Hand': 1916 and Irish Republican Prisoners in North Wales - Jon Parry
Comparing Immigrant Histories: The Irish and Others in Modern Wales - Neil Evans

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