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Irish London During the Troubles [Paperback]

Sean Sorohan
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14 Sep 2012
The myth of return was sacred to the majority of the Irish who left the ould sod to work in post-war Britain. Generally this dream was left unfulfilled, and several English cities became their permanent homes, leaving them as the largest ethnic minority in Britain. This accessible book focuses on Irish experiences in the most popular destination for Irish emigration in the twentieth century - London and the south-east of England in the times of The Troubles. Over 30 original interviews with first generation and second generation emigrants born in the English capital, as well as archival material, bring to life Irish Londoners and their experiences. Sorohan offers analysis of the under-explored theme of the formation of a coherent ethnic community among the emigrants through such organisations as the Catholic Church, the GAA and County Associations. He also analyses divisions and differences within the community along class and gender lines.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Irish Academic Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (14 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716531038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716531036
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 653,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seán Sorohan is the product of four Irish emigrant grandparents who took the boat to London in the post-war decades. He studied history at Durham University and Irish history at Queen s University, Belfast. He now lives in London with his family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic portrait of the London Irish 19 Oct 2012
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Coming from an Irish background I found this book to be a wonderful assessment of the Irish community in London. It begins with looking at the Irish who came over after WW2 and moves on to talk about the effects of the Troubles on the community. The most interesting chapter focused on the identity of the second-generation Irish, which I really enjoyed because it spoke about the identity crises that all the second generation know so well!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 29 Nov 2012
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this is a very interesting read. especially as an irish person living (even temporarily) in London. i also found it relatively easy to read for an academic piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars searxhing for identity 9 Dec 2012
Really enjoyed reading this book. Arrived just in time for me as I am doing a small scale research into the view of the second generation Irish who returned to live in Ireland during the celtic tiger years. This book provided a really good base line for me. I was really moved by the picture on the cover
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