Pat's Journey to Birmingham

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Date:1961

Description:Pat left Ireland in 1961 and came to England as there was no work at home. Invited here by his school friend Tony, who’d been in Birmingham a year already. Pat had previously driven the donkey to the creamery in Ireland.

It was his first time out of Limerick, out of Ireland and on a boat. His family were very upset when he left).

When he arrived he was very confused, nerve wracked, anxious because this was a totally different homeland. He remembers walking from New St station to his digs in Stanmore Road, Edgbaston and getting completely lost, when he first arrived in Birmingham from Holyhead.

The digs had 3 beds in a room-he remembers askig himself, Why am I here? What am I doing?

Pat lived predominantly around Irish people although at work he socialised with everyone.

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