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Fairfield to Fairfield with Paul O’Brien

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Fairfield Heritage, Govan

1048 Govan Road

Govan

Glasgow

G51 4XS

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Paul O’Brien will be playing songs and telling stories about the Scottish community in Dublin at the turn of the 20th century. There will be an opportunity for local people to share their own stories of Govan and Glasgow after the performance.

Fairfield Avenue, Dublin named after the Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd who built a row of houses on that street in the early years of the 20th century. These were built to house shipyard workers from Scotland and their families who had been brought to help set up the Liffey Ship Yard and train people in the craft of shipbuilding as Dublin at the time did not have the skilled labour to do this without outside help. These families joined many other Scots who had already settled in the dockland area of Dublin and were working in the shipyards, docks and on the railways. There was a thriving Scots community in the area and many families settled there permanently. Their culture, names and influence can be found to this day and they an important piece in the jigsaw of the social history of the area.

Over the past ten years Paul has written many songs about these families, the family histories and the characters. How they lived, loved and died and how today they live on in their descendants who proudly bear their family names and indeed some of their traditions. These songs form the heart of his collections “Fairfield Memories” and “To Paradise Alley from Harmony Row”. Paul will perform a selection of these songs and will tell the stories behind the songs, stories from Fairfield, Dublin and from Fairfield, Govan.

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