Emigration news of the week
The Gathering “shakedown”, making Dublin better, exodus of scientists and the tragic death of two boys in Hurricane Sandy: this week’s round-up of emigration-related stories from irishtimes.com
The Gathering “shakedown”, making Dublin better, the exodus of scientists out of Ireland and the tragic death of two boys in Hurricane Sandy: this week’s round-up of emigration-related stories from irishtimes.com.
Without contest, the biggest story relating to emigration last week was the debate over the merits of the Government’s The Gathering initiative. Last Monday, Gabriel Byrne slammed The Gathering initiative as “scam” on Today FM’s Last Word programme. Director of The Gathering Jim Miley denied the accusations on Tuesday, when it was also revealed that the tourism plan had funded the Last Word trip to New York. The debate sparked a number of letters to the editor, as well as opinion pieces by Harry McGee, Shane Hegarty, Frank McNally and Donald Clarke, as well as an Op Ed piece and a round up of the online reaction in last Saturday’s Weekend Review.
Other stories of interest to the Irish abroad included:
Irish man’s sons die in US storm Ines Novacic reported from New York on the death of two-year old Brandon Moore and his four-year-old brother Connor, sons of Donegal man Damien Moore, in Hurricane Sandy in New York. 5 November.
‘The emigrant experience is the struggle of being split’ When poet Sarah Griffin moved to San Francisco this year she felt alone. Then she met Irish writer Ethel Rohan, who made the same journey some 20 years previously. The two writers put their thoughts on paper for Generation Emigration. 9 November.
Cancer pioneer still working to cut deaths Ralph DeVere White, director of UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center in California interviewed by Eoin Reynolds as part of the Wild Geese series on Irish business leaders abroad. 9 November.
How we changed . . . and stayed the same Colm Tóibín reviews Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s By Diarmaid Ferriter. 10 November.
Brothers in arms prepared for new adventure with Ballaghaderreen The team has lost several players to emigration, but the closely-knit Mayo champions are determined to make an impact in the Connacht championship. Keith Duggan, 10 November.
Scientists condemn economic demands made on research The demand by Government and funding body Science Foundation Ireland that State-supported research must deliver an economic or social return is encouraging young researchers to emigrate, say scientists opposed to the approach. Dick Ahlstrom, 12 November.
Making Dublin better: The students “As a student it’s kind of terrifying when your smartest friends are automatically emigrating. But if those people come back in a few years with new skills, that will also create new opportunities.” Students interviewed about living in Dublin, 14 November.
Fiction of contrary Donegal ignores inconvenient truth“Soul-destroying levels of unemployment and youth emigration have blighted the region for years.” Mary Minihan, 15 November.