The history of Irish people in Hull

- Speaker Rob Bell


15 Whitefriargate, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU1 2ER


Immigration has shaped the face of Britain for centuries. This talk by Rob Bell, explores the story of Irish settlers in Hull throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

The potato famine of the 1840's saw many Irish flee their homeland seeing

opportunity elsewhere. By 1861, 600,000 people or 3%of the British population, had been born in England. They found work as navigators or navies as they became known, building canals and then railways or in service. In time, many settled in places like London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Cardiff.

Hull had a significant Irish community throughout the 19th century. At various times the Chief of Police and Editor of the Hull Advertiser were Irish with a strong impact on Civic life. The Sisters of Mercy came from Dublin to found what became St. Mary's College. There was an Olympic wrestling champion and even a Hull City player who became the manager of FC Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War.

Many Irish married local men and women. Today an estimated 40 percent of English people have Irish ancestry.


Here in Hull today, many Civic leaders have Irish roots and St. Mary's College remains a strong shaper of young lives to this day.


Event Times

Wednesday 15 September: 1500

Booking Details

No booking required

Access

Stairs to 1st floor only

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

LIVE TALK TO BE HELD AT WRECKING BALL ARTS CENTRE

15 WHITEFRIARGATE, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, HU1 2ER