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    ‘I’ve Won a Hero’s Name’: Stereotyping the Post - war Irish Builders and Mythologizing the Mundane


    Mulvey, Michael (2018) ‘I’ve Won a Hero’s Name’: Stereotyping the Post - war Irish Builders and Mythologizing the Mundane. NPPSH Reflections, 2. pp. 91-102. ISSN 2565-6031

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    Abstract

    The quote in the title of this paper is the opening line of Dominic Behan’s well - known folk - song, officially entitled Paddy on the Road – but much better known by its popular title Building up and tearing England down . Dominic was the younger brother of Brendan and Brian, and was himself an author and playwright but was probably better - known as a songwriter who came to prominence in the 1 960s Irish folk revival. The full first verse merits examination as it précises succinctly the theme of this paper, which is the way in which the Irish migrant builders who participated in the post - war reconstruction of London performed a specific stereoty pical version of male Irishness.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: NPPSH; ‘I’ve Won a Hero’s Name’; Stereotyping; Post-war Irish Builders; Mythologizing; Mundane;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Research Institutes > An Foras Feasa
    Item ID: 10832
    Depositing User: NPPSH Editor
    Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2019 16:21
    Journal or Publication Title: NPPSH Reflections
    Publisher: Maynooth Academic Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
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