Immigration and Integration: The Irish in Wales 1798-1922 by Paul O'Leary
By Paul O'Leary
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He responded: I believe not; it has a tendency the other way to enhance the character of the Irish labourer; that is my impression . . 27 The response allayed the worst fears of the questioner, yet, as J. A. 28 During the nineteenth century, the receiving society was itself experiencing fundamental change, with many areas undergoing swift industrialization and urbanization. At the interface between immigrant and native groups, both were required to adapt. The reality of life for Irish immigrants in Wales was more complex, in terms both of language and of identity, than the standard histories of nineteenth-century Welsh society or the general surveys of Irish immigration allow.
27 PP 1824 XIX, An Account of the Sums Paid by the Several Treasurers of Counties in England and Wales for the Apprehension and Conveyance of Irish and Scotch Vagrants Removed by Pass to Ireland and Scotland during the Year 1823, 16–17. VARIETIES OF IRISH IMMIGRATION, 1798–1845 27 There, the absence of a poor law until 1838, and the active encouragement of alms-giving by the Catholic church, created a context within which the mendicant was an accepted part of everyday life and an essential figure in Gaelic folk-culture.
385; Trevor Boyns and Colin Baber, ‘The supply of labour, 1750–1914’, in Arthur H. 320–1. The last-named is based on the assumption that workers were attracted to industry by high wages, but that the Irish were not because they were expelled from Ireland. This is to conflate pre- and post-Famine migration and to underestimate the severity of depression in many parts of rural Wales in the period 1815–50. 41 ‘Editor’s Introduction’ in Arthur J. xix. VARIETIES OF IRISH IMMIGRATION, 1798–1845 33 factor to be considered.