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New Perspectives on the Irish Abroad: The Silent People?
     

New Perspectives on the Irish Abroad: The Silent People?

by Micheal O hAodha (Editor), Mairtin O Cathain (Editor), David Convery (Contribution by), Barry Crosbie (Contribution by), Paul Darby (Contribution by)
 

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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

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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 Mícheál Ó hAodha and Máirtín Ó Catháin, “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 silence.

Editorial Reviews

Alan Titley
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.
Ruan O'Donnell
Máirtín Ó Catháin and Mícheál Ó 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739183717
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
03/16/2014
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Mícheál Ó hAodha is visiting lecturer in the Department of History, University of Limerick.

Máirtín Ó Catháin is lecturer in history at the School of Education and Social Science, University of Central Lancashire.

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