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Irish BirminghamA History$
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James Moran

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314742

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316043

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Conclusion: St Patrick's Day

Conclusion: St Patrick's Day

(p.211) Conclusion: St Patrick's Day
Irish Birmingham
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This chapter first discusses the bleak state of Birmingham in the 1980s, marked by the censure endured by Ireland and Irishness in the wake of the 1974 bombings, the collapse of the automobile manufacturing industry, and the population decline. However, the city also began showing the initial signs of change and recovery during this decade. Town planners, for instance, realized the mistakes of the previous generation and began to consider a new set of architectural arrangements. The humanitarian campaigns of two local Catholic priests Father Patrick O'Mahony and Father Joe Taaffe helped change the city's perception of Ireland. With the release of the ‘Birmingham Six’ and the IRA declaring ceasefires, the Irish-born population and their descendants in the city felt the burden of 1974 finally being lifted. On Sunday, 17 March 1996, Birmingham witnessed the first St Patrick's Day parade to be held in the city streets for many years.

Keywords:   Birmingham, parades, city, Ireland, Irish, bombings

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