With emigration once again on the Irish agenda and President Michael D Higgins having just completed a state visit to Britain perhaps the time is apt to look back at the lives of some emigrants who left these shores in the forties, fifties and sixties.
In an age with no internet or mobile phones and when only the privileged few had telephone landlines, how did the thousands of Irish who were forced leave by virtue of economic circumstances adapt to their new country? Such is the perspective brought by social historian and lecturer Ultan Cowley, author of‘ The Men who built Britain: History of the Irish Navvy’.
Son of the late actor John Cowley, Ultan, who himself worked as a navvy, has spent many years researching this topic and was involved in the production of two collections of songs and stories by the Irish who built Britain.
As part of the Tipperary Libraries Bealtaine festival, Ultan will give a talk, complete with audio and visual illustrations, in Templemore Library on Thursday, May 8th at 7.30pm. This is a free event. Do not miss this rare opportunity to gain an insight into the lives of those who not only helped build Britain. For details call: 0504 32555.