An Irish Navvy: The Diary of an Exile Paperback – 1 Jul 2013
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About the Author
Donall MacAmhlaigh from Galway moved with his family to Kilkenny when aged fourteen. Later he joined the army but left in 1951 and emigrated to England. By choice he settled in Northampton, married, had children and wielded the pick and shovel all his working life. He died in 1989.
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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.