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Immigration and Emigration
Little Tipperary: The Irish in Lochee

Lochee, blighted by poverty and poor quality housing, was the first port of call for many of the migrants, who settled there for economic reasons and to be close to their workplace - before long it was handed the local moniker "Little Tipperaray".

St Mary's RC Church, Lochee
An important social legacy of the Dundee Irish is local junior football club, Lochee Harp, who were formed in 1904, much in the same way as Glasgow Celtic, by local priests and church members to alleviate the boredom of the workers and provide some recreation.

Lochee Harp were not the only football club in Dundee to be founded by the Irish migrants, with SPL side Dundee United only founded in 1923 after playing under the name Dundee Hibernians from 1909 and wearing the traditional Irish green strip.

The Lochee area was also steeped in Irish politics, with James Connolly, founder of the Irish Socialist Republican Party, said to have resided in the area for a time in 1898, becoming involved in the local political scene.

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