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Description - An Irish Navvy by Donall MacAmhlaigh

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, the Cattle Market Tavern and others. 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 were all part of the experience.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781848891883
ISBN-10: 1848891881
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 128mm x 10mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: The Collins Press
Publisher: The Collins Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2013
Country of Publication: Ireland

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Author Biography - Donall MacAmhlaigh

Donall MacAmhlaigh from Galway moved with his family to Kilkenny when aged fourteen. Later he joined the army but left in 1951 and emigrated to England. By choice he settled in Northampton, married, had children and wielded the pick and shovel all his working life. He died in 1989.