BBC Radio 4's "You and Yours" programme today carried an intriguing report on the amount of Irish investment in Liverpool (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/youandyours/items/06/2008_07_wed.stml ).
The role of the Irish in Liverpool is, of course, well-known to the extent of it being a cliche. However, as the report pointed out, the influx of the Irish during most of the 19th century was seen as adding to the city's social & economic problems. Today sees a 180 degree change in that perception.
One of my great-grandmothers came to Liverpool from Co. Armagh & soon established herself as something of a businesswoman in the city's teeming Irish communities. Despite that, she was subject to the prejudice & hostility which greeted the Irish as a matter of course.
O Tempora, O Mores!