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Christmases overseas, emigrants remembered at mass, and a 56% rise in British natoinal insurance numbers issued to Irish people over the past year: this week’s round up of emigration stories from

Wed, Jan 4, 2012, 12:44


Christmas in the sun: Ciara O'Driscoll, Jayne Molloy, Aislinn O'Toole and Gina Murphy take a dip in their pool in Sydney on Christmas morning

Irish make up more than half of 76,400 emigrants New figures show a 56 per cent rise in the number of British national insurance numbers issued to Irish people over the last year, and that the number of temporary Irish residents in Australia increased by almost one-third. Steven Carroll, 29 December.

Difficulties on horizon for those planning to leave Demand for labour in Britain is falling, and Australia is to overhaul its work permit system. Steven Carroll, 29 December.

An Irishman’s Diary “It sounds like Hollywood on the Gulf. Maybe we should stop feeling quite so sorry for our emigrants: no doubt they miss their families and often feel homesick but, as the excellent RTÉ programme Arrivals confirmed, they are gainfully employed and having a fun time at weekends – which just might not be the case in Ireland at present.” Deaglán de Bréadún, 30 December.

Emigrants’ celebrations: ‘It wasn’t Christmas because it wasn’t Ireland’ For Irish people living abroad, Christmas isn’t the typical turkey-and-ham affair – but, as a number of emigrants told Ciara Kenny, they found ways to make it feel like home. 30 December.

Famine commemoration to be held in Drogheda Stephen Collins, 31 December.

Young Killarney emigrants recalled at a special mass 500 names of young emigrants have been placed alongside the Christmas crib in St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney, in response to a suggestion by local priests to help fill the void left in many local houses this Christmas. Anne Lucey, 3 January.