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Feb 22, 2024

Facing down an anti-Irish mob

An anti-Irish mob which rampaged through Holyhead in 1851 picked the wrong target when it reached the shop and home of James Nugent. He refused to discharge his Irish employees, despite the mob's threat to ...

demolish his house, so the mob found softer targets (including children of Irishmen) elsewhere. James had been a force for good since moving to Anglesey from Kingstown, near Dublin: he had campaigned for town improvements in Holyhead like those in Kingstown. For more on this story, use your smartphone to scan the HistoryPoints QR codes on a lamp post beside Stanley Crescent car park (where James Nugent's shop stood). Or click here