Category Archives: young people

IBRG at the WCML; A Welcome for IBRG at St.Brendan’s Irish Centre.

  In the 1980s when IBRG branches were being   set up across the country one of the biggest problems was finding somewhere to meet. There were many  Irish Centres,  but most of them did not want an Irish group with … Continue reading

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IBRG Archive at the WCML; N.E.Lancs IBRG and Irish Women in Britain.

IBRG was an organisation that reflected the history of the Irish in this country but one that was not frightened off linking up the present with the past – unlike many other Irish organisations in the era of 1981-2003. Branches  … Continue reading

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Margaret Mullarkey; working class, Boltonian, IBRG activist

  In archiving the history of IBRG it is noticeable how many women were active as national officers as well as playing a more hidden role as the backbone of the organisation at a branch level. Margaret was one of … Continue reading

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My review of Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story by Celeste Bell and Zoe Howe

Poly Styrene  (3 July 1957 – 25 April 2011),  (real name Marianne Joan Elliott-Said) was one of the most unique performers who came out of the punk era. Watch this video here In this affectionate and revealing biography written by … Continue reading

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My review of “The Metal Mountain” by John Healy

IT  is 30 years since John Healy wrote his classic “Grass Arena”  his autobiography of growing up Irish in London. Published at a time when the Irish in Britain were going through a time of renaissance from politics in groups … Continue reading

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My review of “Last Witnesses Unchildlike Stories” Svetlana Alexievich

        PUBLISHED in 1985 in the Soviet Union this first English edition is a very painful reminder of the affects of war on children. In the 1970s  Alexievich  started interviewing the generation of children who had  lived … Continue reading

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My review of “Common Cause” by Kate Hunter

  KATE Hunter, a working class writer and political activist, recognises the massive barriers facing any person   from her background who wants to write. At the age of  nine she won a  National Essay prize,  but there was no encouragement … Continue reading

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