"No Irish need apply"
The cafe owner was a Londoner and he had a young lad from Pakistan cleaning and serving tables. He was almost casually racist, calling the Irish lads as Paddy and Mick, and if he really liked you, you were Pat. He referred to his helper as My little Pakie Bastard and had a sign in the window stating „No Irish need apply“. I asked the Navvies what they thought of it all. They said they were used to him and didn't give a shite, but one of them leaned over to me and whispered „He got a right trimming over in Cricklewood one night outside the Crown.“
Ronnie Fitzgerald is a freelance visual artist from Clonmel, Ireland. He exhibits regularly and has had a number of solo shows as well as taken part in group exhibitions. He has been commissioned in both the public and private sectors, and has worked in public and private collections throughout the world.
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