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Ryan Tubridy launches book on the Irish in Britain

Ryan Tubridy at the launch of his new book last night . Pic: Brian McEvoy
Ryan Tubridy at the launch of his new book last night . Pic: Brian McEvoy

RYAN TUBRIDY published his second book in Dublin last night, which examines the influence of the Irish in Britain.

The Irish Are Coming examines the relationship between Britain and Ireland through the lens of Irish people who have lived in Britain and “succeeded over there in some shape or form”, he said.

Among those featured are broadcaster Terry Wogan, Harry Potter actor Fiona Shaw, One Direction star Niall Horan and musician Bob Geldof.

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Tubridy said last night: “I think it’s a good selection from a variety of walks of life and it has a cultural resonance.

“It’s a completely arbitrary selection of about 40 personalities I feel have made a critical and important impact on the United Kingdom. It’s a celebratory book to say ‘didn’t we do well’. These are the people who made Britain great.”

Tubridy is planning to give the book a UK launch later this month when he is expected to call on Niall Horan, chatshow host Terry Wogan and comedians Dara O Briain and Graham Norton to make up the guest list for the event.

Read a full interview on the book with Ryan Tubridy in this week’s Irish Post

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2 comments on “Ryan Tubridy launches book on the Irish in Britain”

  1. Enda O'Kane

    Hopefully your book leads to a better understanding of the emigrant experience.

    Wogan, Geldof etc are the success stories but there are others.

    The invisible Irish.

    Those emigrants of the 50's, 60's and 70's - the remittance men who kept our economy afloat.

    Those who can't afford a ticket but link home by radio.

    Past RTE footage has exposed their loneliness and isolation.

    At this time RTE Radio in London is jammed by a station many times more powerful.

    Yet RTE recently cut back the power of Longwave 252 so further worsening reception.

    These older folk can't afford the internet.

    Longwave 252 is their link with home.

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  2. Christine doonan

    Am very interested in the plight of the Irish in Britian. There was one unfortunate thing that sticks out in my mind. Being illegal workers in Britian they could not have bank accounts and the only place to cash wages cheque was the pub which led a lot of Irish astray. They would have felt so great ful to get real cash in their hands that they would feel obliged to spend something there as a thank you for making a chit of paper into something they could understand. Real cash. Unfortunate that it led many astray being in a place of publicans

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