Journals Higher Education



15 August 2010

284 Pages | 28 b/w plates

6 X 9 inches

ISBN: 9781846314742

Bookseller Code (06)

Irish Birmingham

A History

James Moran

Liverpool University Press

Birmingham has long been shaped by its Irish residents.  The migration caused by Ireland's potato famine gave Birmingham the fourth highest Irish-born population of any English or Welsh town in the mid-1800s.  During the 1960s, one in six children born in Birmingham had at least one parent from Ireland.  Today the city hosts one of the largest St Patrick's Day parades in the world, attended by an estimated 100,000 people. This book examines this important aspect of English-Irish history, and explains how events in Birmingham have influenced Irish political figures from Daniel O'Connell to Pádraic Pearse, Irish dramatists from Brendan Behan to Tom Murphy, as well as English writers from Gerard Manley Hopkins to Jonathan Coe. 'Well written, engaging and stimulating this book fills a major gap in the history of Birmingham.' Professor Carl Chinn, University of Birmingham 'One of the widest ranging studies of the Irish in Britain yet written. Focusing on the previously overlooked Irish communities of Br


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