An Irish Navvy: The Diary of an Exile

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Irish construction workers in post-war Britain are celebrated in song and story. Donall MacAmhlaigh kept a diary as he worked the sites, danced in Irish halls, drank in Irish pubs and lived the life of the roving Irish navvy. Work was hard, dirty and dangerous, followed by pints in the Admiral Rodney, the Shamrock and the Cattle Market Tavern. Living conditions were basic at best. This vivid picture of an Irish navvy's life in England in the 1950s mirrors that of an entire generation who left Ireland without education or hope. Days without food or work, the hardships of work camps, lonesome partings after trips home, periods of intense isolation and bitter reflection, all were part of the experience.

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A must for any who can relate to building up and tearing England down. --Irish Edition

One of the most authentic voices of the Irish in Britain. --Bookshelf

So remarkable and compelling. --Peter Sheridan, Ireland on Sunday

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Backbreaking, blister-making work, followed by pints of the black stuff in the Admiral Rodney, the Shamrock, the Cattle Market Tavern and many others, well-told stories, fine songs, characters like the Connemara lads, Cockney Woods, Pigfoot Paddy and occasional punch-ups. These are the people and events that make this book an extraordinarily vivid picture of an Irish navvy's life in the England of the 1950s. Workless and foodless days, the hardships of work camps, lonesome partings after trips home, periods of intense isolation and occasional bitterness were also part of the picture. This is an honest account of how the average Irish labourer worked, lived in and contributed to the country of the ancient enemy. Originally published in Irish as Dialann Deorai to wide acclaim.

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