generally did well for themselves
Yes, after a few decades, the Irish integrated very well into Anglican colonial society.
But the words of the great Christy Moore come to mind.
"And you can't live on love, on love alone
So you sail cross the ocean, away cross the foam
To where you're a Paddy, a Biddy or a Mick
Good for nothing but stacking a brick
Your best mate's a spade and he carries a hod
Two work horses heavily shod"