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Irish Migrants in Modern Wales$
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Paul O'Leary

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238485

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313356

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Irish Settlement in Nineteenth-Century Cardiff

Irish Settlement in Nineteenth-Century Cardiff

(p.34) Irish Settlement in Nineteenth-Century Cardiff
Irish Migrants in Modern Wales

John Hickey

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This chapter discusses Irish settlement in Cardiff. It describes the growth of the migrant settlement, the establishment of churches and schools, the operation of religion as a binding force and the leadership role undertaken by the clergy. Cardiff as a city is a product of the industrial developments that occurred in south Wales during the nineteenth century. It is found that immigration was continuously developing in the period of establishment. There was also evidently no ordered community among the newcomers. In the period of development, immigration steadily decreased and the group started to form. The years following 1861 revealed fairly rapid developments in both the size and the organisation of the Irish settlement in Cardiff. Data shows the role played by the Hibernians in the St Patrick's Day procession and that their custom of holding a dinner on that day was followed until well into the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Irish settlement, Cardiff, migrant settlement, churches, schools, immigration, establishment, Hibernians, St Patrick's Day

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