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The forgotten Irish
Entrepreneurs and professionals
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This chapter reviews general evidence for the emigration of professional and entrepreneurial Irish. The proportion in Stafford is shown to be in line with that elsewhere.

There are four case studies. Hugh Woods Gibson came from an Ulster Presbyterian family. The history of his family shows how Irish Protestants could merge seamlessly into British society. William Clendinnen, a doctor from Co. Wicklow, was Stafford’s first Medical Officer of Health but his family history demonstrates issues of male domination, marital violence and oppositional identity. Finally, the histories of two Irish Catholic priests, Michael O’Sullivan and James O’Hanlon, are explored and issues raised about the role of Irish priests in the English Catholic Church and in relation to the Irish.

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Divergent paths

Family histories of Irish emigrants in Britain, 1820–1920


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