Irish Migrants in New Communities

Irish Migrants in New Communities : Seeking the Fair Land?

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Irish Migrants in New Communities: Seeking the Fair Land? examines the interactions of Irish migrants and the new societies and experiences that opened up to them through the process of emigration and exile. The contributors' chapters focus on oral history perspectives to examine the adaptation of the migrants to these new environments and cultures and to chronicle the experience of "Irishness" outside of Ireland more

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  • Hardback | 172 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 18mm | 419.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1 black & white halftones, 1 maps
  • 0739173820
  • 9780739173824
  • 2,148,250

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Mairtin O Cathain and Micheal O hAodha's Irish Migrants in New Communities: Seeking the Fair Land? is an eclectic collection of fascinating essays on a varied and sometimes motley crew of Irish emigrants, castaways, missionaries, and external and internal 'exiles,' ranging from Terence Connell, 'King of the Horrifories' in New Guinea, to Irish-American labor leader Michael Mooney, nearly lynched by Colorado's right-wing vigilantes, to Bobby Sands in his lesser-known role as Long Kesh guitarist and song-writer. This is a book of stories about people sometimes forgotten by their own descendants, and often betrayed and traduced by History's 'winners,' but now recovered to edify a new generation of Irishmen and -women who are forced once more, by their economic and political overlords, to 'seek the fair land' outside Ireland. -- Kerby Miller, University of Missouri Irish Migrants in New Communities: Seeking the Fair Land? contains an eclectic assortment of tales of the Irish experience of emigration. It gives a voice to a host of almost forgotten migrants (nuns, miners, seafaring vagabonds, and soldiers), tracing their complex relationship with the lands of their birth and adoption. This collection is an unexpected pot of gold, its ten chapters expertly interrogating the theme of exile, what it meant to be Irish, and what was lost in the leaving of Ireland. -- Rory Sweetman, University of Otago Like the pioneering spirit evinced by its subjects, this collection of essays explores and uncovers striking new evidence about the formidable reach of the Irish diaspora. In doing so, it reaffirms for Irish migration studies the centrality of personal narrative in its many guises, whether it is oral testimony, letters, folklore, ballads, or diaries, as an indispensable source for comprehending and evaluating migrant consciousness. -- Tony Murray, London Metropolitan Universityshow more

About Micheal O Haodha

Mairtin O Cathain is lecturer in history at the School of Education and Social Science, University of Central Lancashire. Micheal O hAodha is visiting lecturer in the Department of History, University of more

Table of contents

Part 1: Fitting in Chapter 1- Tribal Kings and Tattooed Chiefs: The Hidden Irish of the Pacific World Malcolm Campbell Chapter 2- Legends of the Graceville Conamaras Bridget Connelly Chapter 3- 'Je ne suis jamais alle en Irlande': An Irish Journey to La Beauce, Quebec Noemie Beck and Gearoid O hAllmhurain Chapter 4- 'Nobody's baby': Forgotten Irish nationals in post-independence India Kate O'Malley Chapter 5- Sisters in the field: The courageous journey of the pioneering Loreto sisters to India and Canada Tara Manning Chapter 6- Irish Soldiers in the American Civil War Patricia B. Swan and James B. Swan Part 2: Shaping up Chapter 7- The Irish Wellspring Jay Tunney Chapter 8- 'From Poverty to Posterity': Assisted Emigration from Connemara in the 1880s Gerard Moran Chapter 9- Michael Mooney and the Leadville Miners' Strike of 1880 James Patrick Walsh Chapter 10- 'I Wish I Was Back Home in Derry': Songs Composed in the H Blocks and the Paradox of Exile Lachlan Whalenshow more