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Irish, Catholic and ScouseThe History of the Liverpool-Irish, 1800-1940$
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John Belchem

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311079

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313363

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Poor Paddy: The Irish in the Liverpool Labour Market

Poor Paddy: The Irish in the Liverpool Labour Market

(p.27) 1 Poor Paddy: The Irish in the Liverpool Labour Market
Irish, Catholic and Scouse

This chapter, which provides a cultural approach on the Irish in the Liverpool labour market, addressing the role of ethnic agency, focuses on ‘Poor Paddy’. The poor Irish were a visible presence on the streets and waterfront of Liverpool. Irishmen strengthened their hold on the waterfront, while Irishwomen stayed on the streets. ‘Paddy's Market’ was a place where ‘the refuse of the empire is bought and sold’. Some market traders significantly loved prosperity, particularly in the food markets. It is shown that ‘Irishness’ frequently proved the best asset for those who managed to set themselves up in a small retail business or public house. In addition, it is noted that the seaport of Liverpool tried to diversify into factory-based industry.

Keywords:   labour market, Liverpool, Poor Paddy, Paddy's Market, Irishmen, Irishwomen, market traders, food markets, Irishness, seaport

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