This book argues that the lower classes in Victorian and Edwardian provincial Ireland were not an inarticulate mass, but rather they were sophisticated and politically aware in their own right. Their experiences have gone largely unrecorded and this book redresses this imbalance by deliberately focusing upon their experiences in order to further develop our understanding of the complex class relations in provincial Ireland. The lower classes developed their own identity and interests which were expressed in a vigorous, democratic popular culture. The complexities of social relations in provincial Ireland are best understood through a micro-study of this nature because of the presence of the large urban centre of Ballinasloe, county Galway, that was surrounded by and dependent upon a rural hinterland for survival, with an emphasis on the particularism of regional identity through the prism of a community in flux.


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