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“Survivor” – Representations of the “New Irish”

Dúchas Dóchasach

Author(s): Michael Hayes (poems) and Jean Ryan Hakizimana (paintings)
Subject: Social Sciences

Book Description

This book is a window on a new aspect of the Irish experience. It is one small thread in the multicultural tapestry that is Ireland today. The Irish emigrant experience of old is a fading memory but as the poems and paintings in this volume attest to, the experiences that are exile and renewal remain as perennial as human nature itself. We, who were once shoeless, now search bewildered for the second and third pair - so that we can tap the new rhythm and dance the new dance. I ndeireadh na dála, níl ach cine amháin ann agus sin an cine daonna.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8134-3
ISBN-10: 1-84718-134-1
Date of Publication: 01/03/2007
Pages / Size: 101 / A5
Price: £29.99


Jean “Ryan” Hakizimana is a 30-year-old artist. Born in Rwanda, his parents were Burundian - his father a Hutu and his mother a Tutsi. In 1993, a bloody ethnic conflict erupted in Burundi where extremists in both the Tutsi and Hutu communities began killing one another. Many thousands of people were murdered including all of Jean Ryan’s immediate family. In 1999, after a number of years spent moving from one refugee camp to another, he managed the long journey to Ireland. Jean Ryan uses his paintings to tell the story of his troubled past and the difficulties experienced by asylum-seekers throughout the world. He has published a book about his experiences - Postcolonial Identities: Constructing the “New Irish” Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK (2006)

Dr. Michael Hayes works as a Lecturer (part-time) at the University of Limerick where he lectures on a number of English, History,and Comparative Literature courses incorporating Traveller, Roma and Migration Studies. He has published a number of books about the literature and history of a number of different (traditionally nomadic) groups within the Irish Traveller community.