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Transatlantic defianceThe militant Irish republican movement in America, 1923-45$
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Wilk Gavin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091667

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091667.001.0001

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Irish departures, American arrivals, 1923–6

Irish departures, American arrivals, 1923–6

(p.26) 3 Irish departures, American arrivals, 1923–6
Transatlantic defiance

Gavin Wilk

Manchester University Press

Members of the Irish Republican Army faced a difficult transition into civilian life following the end of the Irish Civil War. Some men were forced to flee Ireland. Others were ostracised upon returning to their local Irish communities, while many faced the dire prospects of unemployment. Surviving IRA records provide the names of hundreds of IRA veterans who departed Ireland for the United States from 1923 to 1926. This chapter provides a glimpse into the Irish departures of some of the IRA members, including accounts of their legal and illegal emigration. Also included are vivid descriptions of their initial American experiences.

Keywords:   emigration, Irish Republican Army, Irish departures, Irish-American communities, difficult, unemployment, ostracised, flee, Irish Civil War

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