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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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‘Decorous and Creditable’: The Irish in Newport1

‘Decorous and Creditable’: The Irish in Newport1

(p.54) ‘Decorous and Creditable’: The Irish in Newport1
Irish Migrants in Modern Wales

Chris Williams

Liverpool University Press

This chapter reports the history of Irish settlement in Newport during the nineteenth century. The existence of Irish friendly societies in the town indicates that there were many of more independent means and higher social status. It is found that Irish men were heavily overrepresented among labourers, tailors, and hawkers, and Irish women among washerwomen and hawkers. There was also no Irish ‘ghetto’ in Newport. Negative images of the Irish in Newport prevailed in the wake of the famine. Newport became the first place in Britain to start the construction of a municipal cemetery in 1853. Secular developments were crucial in reforming, refining, and improving the image of the Irish in Newport. It is then shown that Irish residents in Newport sustained considerable cultural and political distinctiveness.

Keywords:   Irish settlement, Newport, social status, Irish women, Irish men, famine, municipal cemetery, Irish residents

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