Irish diaspora

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  • Irish Diaspora History

    The Irish Diaspora in the US is massive with the 1990 census totalling an immense 43 million Americans consider themselves to be Irish American which at the time equated to roughly 19% of the American population(Feargal Cochrane 2007:218). Beyond just equating for a fifth of the American population, a third of American presidents having heritage to Ireland with four specifically having ties to what is now the Republic of Ireland while the other 12 are linked to Northern Ireland. Despite the fact that most presidents find themselves linked to Northern Ireland, this meant that when Clinton came into office in 1993, it meant that the US now had a president who had interests vested in the conflict that 43 million Americans were also interested in(John DeWind and Renata Segura 2014:99-100). When considering all of this the immense political power of the Irish Diaspora in the US becomes apparent as they not only have the population to influence the government but also people in places of power all the way up to the president with the ability to change the government 's…

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  • Irish Diaspora Influence

    The Diaspora’s Influence on the Peacemaking Efforts In terms of aiding in peace, the Irish diaspora did a few different things that were absolutely vital to the establishment of peace in Ireland as well as the creation and signing of the Good Friday Agreement. Firstly to start it is important to note how important the US was in the development of peace. The US was not some small influence or bit part, but rather they were the “critical enabler and catalyst” for the peace talks that happened in…

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  • Saint Patrick: The Life Of Saint Patrick's Day

    of the world 's most popular saints (Catholic Online). He is celebrated every year on March 17th, the anniversary of his death. However the reasons his life is celebrated have greatly changed since the first Saint Patrick 's Day was established by the Church in 1631 (Ashley Ross). He was originally revered for bringing catholicism to Ireland, but today his missionary work is widely forgotten and he has instead become the symbol of Irish pride. Whether it be due to the luck of the Irish or being…

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  • Ireland The Great Famine

    The potato, a simple starch to some, mass murderer to others. It is often hard to believe that simple things such as potatoes can be such a devastating thing to engulf a nation. This is of course the Great Hunger, also known as the Great Famine. It was one if not the most devastating events in Irish history. Costing Ireland an estimated 800,000 lives to hunger , and even more emigrating out to other nations. Though this number does not stack up to other tragedies in size, this made up roughly 10…

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  • Essay On Five Points

    During the Civil War times, New York was full of many slums, including Five Points in Manhattan. It was full of gangs, crimes and several bars. It was full of many Irish immigrants trying to escape the Great Famine in Ireland. Five Points was considered one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in New York. This paper will tell you all about the neighborhood of Five Points. Five Points was completely made up of immigrants. Irish people came to escape the Great Famine, and many of them also lived…

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  • Effects Of Hunger Strikes In The Wonder By Emma Donoghue

    In 1845, the Great Famine began, leaving an everlasting mark on the Irish people and the political landscape of their country. The potato crop, which sustained much of Ireland’s population, stopped growing, leading to mass starvation and the death of over a million people. In The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, Anna O’Donnell is born near the end of this national tragedy and survives, but later chooses to starve herself, much to the despair of her nurse Lib. Similarly, the movie Some Mother’s Son…

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  • Thesis Statement Of Class Conflict

    the 1840s numerous Irish immigrants were migrating to Canada whose sole choice was to enter the capitalist labour market and accept any wages given by the contractor. However, the unemployment rates in Upper Canada were at peak and several thousand Irish labourers were living in extreme poverty and facing starvation. The thesis of this article claims that the violence caused by the labourers was not due to irrational behaviour but class conflict caused by the economic conditions in Upper Canada.…

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  • What Role Did Women Play In The 1641 Rebellion Essay

    Discuss the role of women during the 1641 Rebellion. The 1641 Rebellion was the result of discontent with the British in Ireland due to a number of reasons, including but not limited to the failures of the Ulster Planation. During the Ulster Plantation many Irish lost their land and were left with less desirable land. As well as land and economic reasons, another factor resulting in the rebellion was Catholics unhappiness during the English Lord Deputy, Thomas Wentworth’s rule, many were…

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  • Quarantine And My Country In Darkness By Eavan Boland

    Major historical events often inspire authors to produce works of literature that capture the essence of the time period. Eavan Boland, a popular Irish author, has produced many works of literature that shed light on both history and culture. Born in 1944 in Dublin, Ireland, Boland was the daughter of a diplomat and a painter. At a young age, Boland and her family moved to England, where she was rejected by many people because of her Irish background. Her struggle to gain acceptance sparked…

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  • The Great Famine: An Analysis

    Second, nationalism, a patriotic feeling for one’s country, used by both the working-class and capitalists resulted from the class divide. Regarding the working-class’s utilization, the Great Famine serves as an example. When the Irish population boomed, and the potato crop plummeted, a famine resulted. The British government did very little to help the struggling Irish, and nationalism became the Irish workers’ tool to counter the capitalistic British. McKay describes, “The Great Famine also…

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