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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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The Irish in Wrexham, 1850–1880

The Irish in Wrexham, 1850–1880

(p.83) The Irish in Wrexham, 1850–1880
Irish Migrants in Modern Wales

Peter Jones

Liverpool University Press

This chapter addresses the Irish in the small town of Wrexham in north-east Wales, who were a small but significant and observable element in the town's life. The town of Wrexham in north-east Wales was beginning to develop the industrial aspect of its economic life, and would also have offered a confident face to an immigrant. Geographical mobility was the prevailing characteristic of the Irish in Wrexham. Heavy emigration and a decline in marriage were the features of the depopulation of Ireland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is shown that 1851 appears to be the year of highest employment of the Irish-born in Wrexham. By 1871, there was a close correspondence between the occupational classifications of Irish males in Mount Street and in Wrexham as a whole. The dynamics of Irish migrant life were very different from those in smaller towns such as Wrexham.

Keywords:   Wrexham, Irish, immigrant, geographical mobility, emigration, marriage, Ireland, employment, Mount Street, Irish migrant

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