I too live in Birmingham and have Irish heritage…..did your parents know the late Mike Nangle, former Lord Mayor of Birmingham and prominent Birmingham Irish Labour politician, who knew that many Brummies were openly hostile to the Birmingham Irish communityon Council estates in Erdington and Kingstanding in the wake of the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974.
I took my parents out today. My retired, slightly eccentric Irish parents. We went to Birmingham where they lived for forty years after leaving Ireland. They only came for one year, you know, to get a bit of money to go home with. Every year they still say they’re going back. They still listen to the local radio from home, get sent their local papers and know more people there, despite being in their teens when they left, than they do here.
But to be fair they have grown to love England too. The great roads “They’re far more sensible than the madness over there. Two hours to go ten miles only to find you’re back at the same auld place you started at.”, the NHS “Jesus you couldn’t afford to be sick in Ireland. Never mind paying to get well, it’d be cheaper to pay to die quick.” and…
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