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An Irish Navvy: The Diary of an Exile

by Donall MacAmhlaigh

"To be sure, everyone knows that it's the lack of a livelihood that's responsible for us being here; but it's not at all praiseworthy that a man shouldn't stand up for his own country even though it has no place for him"... 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. Irish emigrant Donall MacAmhlaigh kept a diary as he worked the building sites, danced in Irish halls, drank in Irish pubs and lived the life of the roving Irish navvy. 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. Translated from Irish by Valentin Iremonger.

ISBN: 9781848891883

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Date of Publication: 31/08/2013

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