An Unconsidered People

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    Roddy Doyle The Years That Followed

An Unconsidered People grew from a chance meeting with an Irishwoman on holiday.

We were in what used to be Yugoslavia, and on this occasion, we were taking a boat trip to Venice.

Phyllis Izzard had left Ireland in the 1950’s and went in search of work in London – as so many other Irish people did in that bleak decade.

Her story sparked a fascination with immigration that has lasted to this day. I interviewed widely, read widely and the result is a social history of a generation whose needs were not ever considered by the Irish State.

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