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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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  1. Where can I view the forgotton Irish part 2

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

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

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

        • stupid comments paul
          gentle hard working men so glad he got home

          • you are right rachel lovely quiet gentle men they were exploited by the british who paid no stamp or insurance never mind a pension fund for them did paul f actually see the programme and the conditions they lived in ?