Irish users of the British welfare system in the 19th century, with Deirdre O’Byrne

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Date(s) - Wednesday, 4th March
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Five Leaves Bookshop


Throughout the 19th century, impoverished Irish people came to Britain seeking work – 200,000 alone as a result of the Great Famine (the “Irish potato famine”) of the 1840s, with a quarter of Liverpool residents being Irish born.

Many came to Nottinghamshire, often having been agricultural labourers in Lincolnshire.

Often there was no work, forcing Irish immigrants to go on the road, and throwing themselves on the mercy of the Poor Law Guardians and the workhouses.

In this talk Deirdre O’Byrne will draw on Poor Law and workhouse records to describe the situation of the Irish poor in Britain.

Deirdre O’Byrne teaches Irish and English literature at Loughborough University and is a member of staff at Five Leaves. Her research includes Southwell Workhouse.

This event is free and refreshments are provided. Please book via


A Nottingham Irish Studies event as part of Nottingham Irish Festival

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