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‘From Clare to Here’ : Memories of the Men who built Britain – Presentation by Historian Ultan Cowley

Presidential Suite Seated

09/02/2023 7:00pm


Date: Thursday 9th Feb 2023

Time: Doors 18:30 Start 19:00

Tickets: £8

Ultan’s presentation blends songs from the navvies’ heyday with images and anecdotes of life on site and in the pubs, bed-sits, and ballrooms of London, Manchester, Birmingham and elsewhere. It will be a delight for those who were there – and a revelation for those who weren’t.

The presentation will run for around 90 minutes and will include a Q&A.


About Ultan:
Ultan Cowley was born into a theatrical family in Ireland in 1946. At the age of fifteen he first 'took the boat' to Britain where he lived for many years. As a mature student he studied at the Universities of Essex and Aberystwyth before returning to Ireland to teach history in 1977. He is the author of The Men Who Built Britain: A History of the Irish Navvy (2001), McAlpine's Men: Irish Stories from the Sites (2010), and the audio documentary CD, Voices of the men who built Britain (2015).

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