A fascinating talk by Pauline Lloyd on the history of the Irish community in Manchester. With free entry and a 2-4-1 meal offer (eat from noon) it’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
The Irish in Manchester
Manchester’s Irish connection goes much deeper than the many Irish Mancunians living in and around the city or the thousands who cross the Irish Sea to watch Manchester United. It goes beyond the Potato Famine to the early days of the Industrial Revolution, when Irish immigrants came seeking work. By 1841 a tenth of Manchester’s population was Irish, many of them living in the slums known as Little Ireland. Over the last two centuries Ireland and the Irish have had a huge impact on Manchester, from the Manchester Martyrs and the 1996 IRA bomb to building the Manchester Ship Canal; from George Best and Billy Whelan to the UK’s largest Irish Festival.