The Irish contribution to building London

— 3 May 2017 07:33:00

We Built This City includes interviews between Irish labourers and Ultan Cowley, author of The Men Who Built Britain, as well as stunning footage of immigrants arriving in Britain from the 1940s onwards, their entertainment — in particular the dance halls of London — and the difficulties (in earlier times at least) of finding suitable digs. The era of “No Irish, no blacks, no dogs” had arrived.

Today, as the film makes clear, the Irish contribution to the continual reconstruction is at a much higher level, with the focus now on design, innovation and engineering, and with Irish companies providing everything from Architects to Project Managers on the most high profile schemes. 

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