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What sort of work?
Construction e.g. drainage
Mining e.g. coal
Textiles e.g. jute
Labourers e.g. road, canals etc.
Factories e.g. cotton…read more

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Some Irish worked hard and became shop
Some even owned their own shop most of
which sold whiskey.…read more

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Conditions of work
Most Irish worked long hours and received
low wages due to lack of education and
Women earned less than men.
Many jobs had no regulations e.g. hours of
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Some laws improved the lives of the Irish
1833 Factory Act- prevented young children from
working in textile mills and limited the hours work
by 9 to 13 year olds.
Coal mines Act 1842- Children under 10 and
women were no longer allowed to work
1864 Chimney Sweep Act. Sweeps could only
use boys of at least 16 to help with chimney
cleaning.…read more

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Success Story
One of the most successful families was
the Lipton family. The head of the family
was a poor labourer who left during the
potato famine in the 1850s. He saved
money from working in a mill and opened a
small shop. His son worked in the shop,
then left to work in the USA but returned
and opened his own grocers. He did so
well he was a millionaire by thirty.…read more

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