An Irish Navvy: The Diary of an Exile

An Irish Navvy: The Diary of an Exile

by Donall MacAmhlaigh
     
 

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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

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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, this translation was first published in 1964 and has been unavailable in English for many years.

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ISBN-13:
9781903464366
Publisher:
Collins Press, The
Publication date:
08/04/2003
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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