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Early connections, ‘Little Ireland’ and stereotypes
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Manchester's earliest links with Ireland were military, commercial and migratory. This chapter traces the development of the earliest links between Manchester and Ireland and, noting the growth of military and commercial connections, the build-up of a resident Irish-born population down to 1841. It discusses the development of the Irish neighbourhood of 'Little Ireland', and the role of Dr James Phillips Kay and other writers in presenting it as the archetypical Irish quarter in Britain and the renewal of historic anti-Irish sentiment in mid-Victorian Britain. They assigned to the Irish a key role in the painful problems of the new urban industrial age. The second half of the eighteenth century witnessed a constant flow of army regiments to and from Ireland. Some harvesters had settled down to become permanent residents, and by 1851 'agricultural labourer' was appearing as the occupation for the Irish-born.

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The Irish in Manchester c. 1750–1921

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