Transnational networks across generations
Childhood visits to Ireland by the second generation in England
in Migrations
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The close entanglements of families spread between Ireland and England are often ignored as transnational links, reflecting the hazy understanding of separate states within the 'British Isles' especially outside the Irish Republic. It examines the public record available in autobiographical memoirs and novels. It also examines the private accounts produced in discussion groups and interviews generated by the ESRC-funded Irish Project to uncover the complex family networks which structure migration flows between Ireland and England. The chapter considers life story data from second-generation Irish women and men living in England, to explore ways in which childhood memories have contributed to constructions of identity at different stages of their lives. The largest number of emigrants to Britain came from rural Ireland, especially the counties of the western seaboard where farms were smallest and economic life most vulnerable. Second-generation Irish people with 'mixed race' heritages have different childhood memories of visiting Ireland.


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