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Irish in England (Part 1)

Cat No: CVA0020
Duration: 00:52:13
Date: 1983
Location: Various in London
Original format: KY2000
Colour: Colour



The ‘Irish in England’ is a 2-part series first shown on Channel 4 in 1983. The programmes tell the story of the generation of Irish men and women who came to England in the 1950’s and 60’s. Using in-depth interviews, they explore the economic, social and cultural factors affecting their and their children’s  lives as they settled here.

Programme 1 explores the ‘push and pull’ forces which saw thousands of Irish people forced to leave Ireland because of a
stagnating economy, to seek work in the post war reconstruction in England.  Participants, including Mary Allen, Donal MacAmhlaigh, and Doris Daly, relate their personal stories, building a picture of a community that was valued for its skill and labour, but was not always made to feel welcome. They talk about the importance of music and the church in maintaining links with their culture, and ponder the question of where is ‘home’. 
An Irish Video project Production.

Production Credits

Ken Lynam, Andy Porter
Don Magee 


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Previous Comments

Hello - great program and very insightful regarding the Irish emigration in the 50’s - do you have the name of the singer in this program and the songwriter.? She is amazing and would love to obtain some of her music. Thankyou, Bernie

Bernard Hayden
15th December 2019

Hello everyone making these great videos I can relate to them. My family are Irish my mothers side are Blarney Co Cork My father who passed away nearly two years ago is Sultan Co Tyrone. I just want a quick word my parents met In London had eight children five girls two sets of twins in London went back to Ireland Belfast had two boys then back to England Peterborough had one boy. My father like most men did the building. I just want to say thanks to see first hand the history and see how it all started. Just one question I would love to know who the female singer is I know its something she might not do anymore. But I love the sound of her voice it brings me back to the days us Irish went to dances and pubs. I will keep watching Thanks again God Bless XXX

Christina Fox.
21st August 2020

Looking for the full title and lyrics to the song sung by the lovely woman in this documentary please.. Typed in some of the lyrics to Google but can't find anything.. Thanks

Trevor o Connor
4th September 2020