music. A few girls from Eastern Europe are sitting on a couch to one side.
They are disinterested in the soccer and spend time chatting and slowly consuming their drinks. They wait with anticipation for the music to start and
acknowledge us when we approach our reserved corner. They may request a
song such as ‘The Galway Girl’ or ‘The Wild Rover’ but they will not stay late
and they will not spend much money. They are the new Irish who are enjoying the culture of their migrant home and want to become more familiar with
it. Their song choices raise questions
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magic roundabout for NG
writers, caught in a kind of mystic spell. This manner of approaching Ireland
had been epitomised in Speakman’s early account of his trip round Ireland in
1927, which is based on an ‘aisling’ device where he meets a beautiful girl along
the boreen to whom he tells the story of his tour of Ireland, and finishes with
the disclosure that she is Ireland!
In 1931, on the first of many visits to the Aran islands at the mouth of
Galway Bay, the NG considered that their history and distinctive way of life enhanced ‘the charm, the strangeness, the
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Securing or denying minorities’ right to the city?
small community garden that mostly involved ethnic immigrant girls from surrounding social housing projects. As immigrant women were
purposefully recruited into the Sundholm garden, it undoubtedly contributed
positively towards ethnic immigrants’ access to such physical resources. One
Pakistani woman acknowledged, ‘I think this is a wonderful thing that the
Community gardening for urban renewal
Kommune [meaning municipality] is doing for us … so that we can come out and
do something productive’. During a discussion with a group of ten Pakistani and
written landscapes. For more on the
film, see Gladwin’s essay in Chapter 4 of this volume.
44 Robinson, Listening, 12. See also Tim Robinson,‘The View from Errisbeg: Connemara
and the Aran Islands’, in Frank Mitchell (ed.), The Book of the Irish Countryside
(Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1987), 42–52.
45 Robinson, Connemara: Gazetteer, 121. See also Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill, Alexander
Nimmo and the Western District (Clifden: Connemara Girl, 2006).
46 Robinson, Companion to the Map of the Aran Islands, 27.
47 Robinson, Gaelic Kingdom, 301. Local people were his main
making skilled workers the actual employers
of their unskilled helpers. In the cotton industry, for instance, about twothirds of the boys and one-third of the girls were thus ‘in the direct
employ of operatives’ and hence more closely watched. (Hobsbawm,
The devolution of responsibility through supply chains and contract
labour is evident in this depiction of labour discipline in early British industrialisation. I am not suggesting that contemporary discourse of deregulation
and labour flexibility simply follows from historical practices in a linear or