The Forgotten Irish

The Forgotten Irish is touching film which sets out to tell the story of those who immigrated to Birmingham, England from Ireland back in the 50’s and 60’s in search of work. Back then an estimated 60,000 Irish made the journey annually, all of whom were drawn in by the building boom and for the opportunity of work many of these people sacrificed their sense of belonging.

Through a series of interviews with several Irish migrants themselves we learn of how hard it was for them to leave family and friends behind knowing that they would never return home. It is heartbreaking a tale but this film does a wonderful job of illuminating the issue and breaking down well-worm stereotypes.

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  • Paul F

    ’emigrated to’…. and fer heavens sake, its a 40 quid flight from brum to Dubh

    • Leslie Graham

      In the 50’s?
      If you are as poor as they were it might as well have been on the moon.

      • Paul F

        poor as who the Irish?. They, had just to get a bus to holyhead or liverpool and the overnight ferry…… in the 50’s…..