New Perspectives on the Irish Abroad

New Perspectives on the Irish Abroad : The Silent People?

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The relationship between Ireland and the diversity of its diasporas has always been complex and multi-layered, but it is not until recently that this reality has really been acknowledged in the public sphere and indeed, amongst the scholarly community generally. This reality is partly a consequence of both "push-and-pull" factors and the relatively late arrival of globalization trends to the island of Ireland itself, situated as it is on the Atlantic seaboard between Europe and the US. Ireland is changing however, some would say at an unprecedented speed as compared with many of its neighbours, and the sense of Irish identity and connection to the home country is changing too. What is the relationship of Ireland and the Irish with its diaspora communities and how is this articulated? The voices who speak in New Perspectives on the Irish Abroad: The Silent People?, edited by Micheal O hAodha and Mairtin O Cathain, "talk back" to Ireland and Ireland talks to them, and it is in telling that we see a new story, an emerging discourse-the narratives of the "hidden" Irish, the migrant Irish, the diaspora whose voices and refrains were hitherto neglected or subject to more

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  • Hardback | 190 pages
  • 172.72 x 264.16 x 15.24mm | 861.82g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 2 Tables, unspecified; 2 Halftones, black and white
  • 0739183710
  • 9780739183717

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Emigration is one of the most obvious facts of life since humans left Africa all those years ago, and the Irish have wandered more than most. Despite this we often perceive history as discrete chunks of separate peoples. This fine book of perceptive essays gives us a new view of the Irish emigrant experience, how they merged or failed to integrate in their host societies, how they wrestled with or simply abandoned their former identities, but more than that it gives us their stories, as every person who left the country behind has an all too human past to relate. Their stories are often tragic, generally courageous and sometimes amusing. The essays visit some unexpected places and light up corners of the Irish diaspora that have been hitherto neglected. The research is new, the tone sympathetic and the insights are revealing. -- Alan Titley, University College Cork Mairtin O Cathain and Micheal O hAodha are to be commended for presenting this fresh and often vivid overview of Ireland's complicated migration history. Anyone interested in the stories of Irish emigration, tragic, heroic, stoic, and varied, will welcome this volume. -- Ruan O'Donnell, University of Limerickshow more

About Micheal O Haodha

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

Table of contents

Introduction Part 1: Voices Chapter 1: Performing Exile: Oral Histories of Montana's Irish Bernadette Sweeney Chapter 2: Patrick and Kathleen Bill Tobin Chapter 3: Irish Nuns and Artichokes-The Experiences of Irish Women Religious in a French Order Grainne O'Keeffe-Vigneron Chapter 4: The Gaelic Athletic Association and the Irish Diaspora in London Stephen Moore and Paul Darby Chapter 5: Politics, Community and Nationhood in Irish-Argentine Oral Narrative, 2010-2012 Sarah O'Brien Part 2: Places Chapter 6: Imperial Greenhorns: The Irish in India, c.1758-1922 Barry Crosbie Chapter 7: Keeping the Old Country Alive: Cultural Connections between Chicago and Ireland,1900-1933 Jason R. Myers Chapter 8: Revolutionary Internationalists: Irish emigrants in the Spanish Civil War David Convery Chapter 9: Irish-Porteno Literature Juan Jose Delaneyshow more

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