February 15, 1964.
In recent months much has been written about the Irish in England, and a few unsavoury facts were brought to light.
Writers in many spheres have come out in the open concerning the challenge that has to be met by young Irish emigrants. It is well that such publicity has been given, for it has shaken very many who have had ideas of a dream world, high wages etc. Let us face a few facts and see if those who have to emigrate can be helped.
At the beginning when a decision was made to emigrate the decision that is invariably made is one of material readiness, money, clothes, etc, for the “great adventure”. Nothing is thought in many cases of the greatest and most necessary preparations - that of finding out what there is to be known about the city to where the emigrant is bound.
Most English towns are actually small cities, by way of population. Very much of them have large coloured populations and pose problems unheard of here at home.
In general the Irish have contributed largely to the build-up of the English economy and have pulled their weight in all aspects of life.
However, it is now apparent that there are too many who have given Ireland a bad name. That may seem unkind but unfortunately is only too true.
There are many associations which work full time to assist in every way possible people who for the first time are a long way from home. There certainly is ample evidence of what has to be put up with in strange surroundings.
In very many cases at home we have had proof where when a youth or young girls meet up with the law their choice is to emigrate to England where in all probability there remains for them a sterner test than braving the matter at home.
This has occurred on too many occasions in the past and is still an everyday happening.
As pointed out by writers of repute, there is the ever-present danger that young folk will be led astray by the lure of the city lights and the easy way to tread the beaten paths which only lead to disruption of the former ways of life.