Saturday Selection: St Patrick's Day

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With St. Patrick's Day just hours away, we're highlighting a selection of books from some of Ireland's most beloved writers; Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), James Joyce (1882-1941) and W.B. Yeats (1865-1939). The early decades of the Portico saw Manchester's Irish population expand exponentially. By 1841, one-tenth of the city's population was Irish, with many living in the "Little Ireland" district.

Many Irishmen found jobs in the armed forces, and a few became financially-successful pugilists. Most migrants found jobs in construction, such as the fabled 'navvies', who learnt their trade in the construction of Manchester's many canals, before moving into railway and road construction. Today, it has been estimated that around 35% of Manchester's population has some Irish ancestry.