Ciara Kenny

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News of the week

Every Wednesday, we’ll be publishing a post linking to the stories that caught our eye on irishtimes.com in the past week, relating to emigration or the Irish abroad. If we’ve missed anything, or you would like to post a link to another site that you think would be of interest to readers, please do so in the comments section below. Think of it as a community noticeboard to post interesting bits and bobs, info about upcoming events, etc…

Wed, Nov 16, 2011, 12:28

   

Every Wednesday, we’ll be publishing a post linking to the stories that caught our eye on irishtimes.com in the past week, relating to emigration or the Irish abroad. If we’ve missed anything, or you would like to post a link to another site that you think would be of interest to readers, please do so in the comments section below. Think of it as a community noticeboard to post interesting bits and bobs, info about upcoming events, etc…

My personal thanks to Ireland: In a farewell column addressed to the Irish people at home and abroad printed in The Irish Times last Thursday, outgoing president Mary McAleese wrote of a “collective power already sowing the seeds of improved times beyond these days of high unemployment, dropping incomes, worrying debt levels and the return of emigration”, 10 November.

Talking to your wife only through a computer is hard: In our continued weekly series of emigrant interviews on Generation Emigration, Stephen Fraser describes his life in Brisbane, where he got a 12-month engineering contract, while his wife Rachel is staying in Ireland. In conversation with Ciara Kenny, 11 November.

It is time to turn to an older wisdom that, while respecting material comfort . . . also recognises that many of the most valuable things in life cannot be measured: “It is my wish to be a President for all of the Irish at home and abroad,” declared President Michael D Higgins in his inaugral speech, 11 November.

Getting down to business in post-conflict Sierra Leone: Niall O’Cathasaigh, founder of ManoCap which invests in small enterprises, interviewed by Jody Clarke as part of the Wild Geese: emigrant business leaders on opportunities abroad series, 11 November.

Grant cut would force emigration, say students: Union of Students in Ireland (USI) claim thousands of students will be forced to emigrate if postgraduate grants are cut in the next budget, wrote Kitty Holland, 14 November.

Lonely grave in France puts rugby in perspective: In the first of a series of Monday columns, Matt Williams recalls the poignant death of an 18-year-old relative who became one of the countless casualties of the first World War, 14 November.

Emigrants in Australia drive demand for Irish sportswear company’s kit: Sales of O’Neill’s GAA jerseys have increased by 200% in two years wrote Gordon Deegan, 15 November.

The student protest: it’s not just about fees: Emigration is a reality facing many students, wrote Una Mullally, 16 November.

Budget day rains on Emirates’ parade

The recession has swelled the ranks of emigrants leaving for the Middle East and Australia in search of work.