Irish workers abroad shaped the pathways later emigrants followed
From the Channel Tunnel to the Transcontinental Railroad: Irish emigrants' work can be seen throughout the world
Charles Ebbets's 1932 photograph of workers on Rockefeller Center in New York which includes two Irishmen: Patrick (Sonny) Glynn above, and far right in the larger version and Matty O'Shaughnessy far left.
Queue outside of the Waterford Labour Exchange on March 3rd, 1910. Photograph: National Library of Ireland
Irish writer Brendan Behan once remarked: “People who say manual labour is a good thing have never done any”.
Nevertheless, the fruits of the toil of Irish labourers can be seen throughout the world. From the Transcontinental Railroad that first linked the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, to the Channel tunnel that connects Great Britain to the Eurasian mainland, Irish hands have shaped the routes and pathways upon which many subsequent travellers and emigrants have journeyed. Today our diaspora plays a leading role in shaping not just the physical world, but also the virtual spaces we inhabit and spend more of our time.