Irish Birmingham

Irish Birmingham

by James Moran


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Birmingham has long been shaped by its Irish residents. In the mid-1800s, following the migration caused by Ireland's potato famine, Birmingham's Irish-born population was the fourth-largest of any English or Welsh town. In the 1960s, one in six of its children had at least one parent from Ireland. This book examines this important aspect of English-Irish history and explains how events in Birmingham have influenced Irish political figures from Daniel O'Connell to Padraic Pearse, Irish dramatists from Brendan Behan to Tom Murphy, and English writers from Gerard Manley Hopkins to Jonathan Coe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846314759
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2010
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

James Moran teaches in the School of English at the University of Nottingham, and writes for publications including the Dublin Review of Books, the Tablet, and the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of Staging the Easter Rising, and the editor of Four Irish Rebel Plays.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1:  Curtain up on 'Brother Paddy'
Chapter 2:  The Birmingham Political Union
Chapter 3:  The Murphy Riots
Chapter 4:  Joseph Chamberlain
Chapter 5:  Riot at the Rep
Chapter 6:  War and Immigration
Chapter 7:  The Pub Bombings

Conclusion; St Patrick's Day

Appendix: Census Information

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