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In Hardship and Hope: A History of the Liverpool Irish

by Greg Quiery - £12.00  G & K Publishing (2017)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781999803803 | ISBN 10: 1999803809

"I had the good fortune to read in a proof copy Greg Quiery’s book. It is that unique combination of careful and popular scholarship. He pulls all the strands of the complicated history of the Irish in Liverpool and district together in a few hundred pages of easy reading. It has been a long time in gestation but well worth the wait."
(Dr Kevin McNamara: Former Labour MP and Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary.)
"This is a wide-ranging and detailed narrative history of the Irish in Liverpool which is based on considerable research. It is very readable and accessible and includes many intriguing facts and anecdotes about the activities of Irish immigrants and the localities in which they settled. From poverty to politics it covers most aspects of Irish Catholic experiences in Liverpool, and many of the most significant characters, being especially strong on the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries."
(Mary Hickman: Emeritus Professor of Irish Studies and Sociology, London Metropolitan University)
Greg Quiery – from Newtownards in Co. Down – was a community development worker in Belfast during the early years of the Troubles, before coming to Liverpool in 1974. He has worked as a teacher in secondary education, a Head-teacher and later as Head of the Virtual School, Liverpool’s Education Service for Looked-After Children.
 
Greg – one of the first to introduce locally the study of Irish history and culture – was a Fellow at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies in its formative years, and still conducts occasional courses on local history in the Continuing Education Department at Liverpool.
 
In 1998, as Chair of the Liverpool Great Hunger Commemoration Committee, he was closely involved in creating the Memorial to the Irish Famine in St Luke’s Gardens, Liverpool. Greg is a Liverpool Irish Festival board member, conducts local heritage walks, has written the Irish Trail for the Museum of Liverpool, and – as a member of the Liverpool 1916 Commemoration Committee – produced, in partnership with the Museum of Liverpool, the display ‘1916 – the Liverpool Connection.’ He is a traditional musician, has made an album of his own songs, and is active in environmental campaigns.

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