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McAlpines Men

Ultan Cowley

Published March 3rd 2010
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165 pages
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‘On Saturday nights in The Half Moon a ganger would come in and ask did you want a shift in the morning (pulling cable for Murphy). If you did, you had to guarantee him a drink the next night. The shift might last from seven o’clock until half pastMore‘On Saturday nights in The Half Moon a ganger would come in and ask did you want a shift in the morning (pulling cable for Murphy). If you did, you had to guarantee him a drink the next night. The shift might last from seven o’clock until half past twelve, for about five pounds a shift. No documentation - just a bundle of fivers in the pub, and pay the men out.”McAlpine’s Men is a unique collection of stories from many of the 200,000 Irishmen who laboured on civil engineering sites, pulled cable, drove tunnels and drank their pay in pubs such as The Crown, The Spotted Dog, The Archway Tavern and many more during the building of Post-War Britain and beyond.This collection is edited by Ultan Cowley who, since the early Nineties, has devoted himself to recording the stories of the Irish emigrants whose lives revolved around the British construction industry in the last century. It will be a delight to those who were there, and a revelation to those who weren’t...Ultan is the author ofThe Men Who Built Britain: A History of the Irish Navvy(Dublin, 2001)A percentage of the profits from the sale of this book will be donated to support the work ofThe Forgotten Irish Campaign administered byThe Ireland Fund of Great Britain.The Forgotten Irish Campaign raises funds for the vulnerable and elderly amongst the Irish community in the UK.For more information on this campaign please write to:The Ireland Fund of Great Britain2nd Floor, Wigglesworth House69 Southwark Bridge RoadLondon SE1 9HHUnited Kingdomor visitwww. [email protected]