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on 18 October 2013
You will enjoy this book. It tells of Irish immigration of the 50's, the post-war building of motorways and the heavy navvy work that went with it. It is a tale of Gangers, 'Pick an' Shovel' work, lodging houses, boozing and fighting written by a man who experienced it all
and it is written with an observant sensitivity which makes it hard to put down once you've started.
It began as a diary record which Donall kept in Irish from the day he first landed. Someone had sight of it, recognised it for the gem it is and urged him to have it published. It's as thoroughly enjoyable in Irish as it is in English and now it is rightly regarded as a valuable social document. Shocking to think that it is now more than half a century since it first saw the light. Donall himself is 'ar sli na firinne' God rest him - lovely, generous soul who was loved by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Solus De lena anam uasal.
I heartily recommend his book to you.
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on 14 November 2014
Excellent account of past times and thoughts of a bygone generation who had to rough it to survive. What an epic journey.
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on 21 October 2015
Excellently written book which takes the reader on the life of an Irish Navvy. Highly recommended read.
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on 31 December 2015
Found the writers view of other non speaking Irishmen, and persons from Dublin to be bitter.
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on 9 February 2016
Bought for a friend, no comments yet
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on 23 October 2014
I enjoyed reading this book
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on 5 August 2015
great
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on 12 August 2014
The people it was for was very happy getting this book will be ordering more
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