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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 3 May 2018
Boring,, just keeps going on about Connemara, having been a navvy myself thought it would be interested or even humorous reading, sadly not. Would not recommend, don’t waste your money.
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on 10 September 2017
important publication
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on 13 December 2016
Great book , well written
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on 16 July 2016
A gem of a book. Full of wit, warmth and wisdom - Irish story telling at its best. Casts a light on a poorly recorded but critical part of Irish emigrant history and the rarely seen immigrant world of British history. Simply - loved it!
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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 31 December 2015
Found the writers view of other non speaking Irishmen, and persons from Dublin to be bitter.
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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 6 October 2016
This is hard to imagine, but true to life.
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on 16 January 2017
Gift for father in law, I am sure it brought back many happy/sad memories.
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