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President’s visit to London, emigrant voting, Hireland jobs, demise of the Irish pub and the Dublin pub scene, and retiring abroad: this week’s round up of emigration-related stories from

Wed, Feb 22, 2012, 10:54


Members of the Irish Elderly Advice Network meet President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, at the London Irish Centre in Camden.Photograph: Joanne OBrien

Chinese takeover on Ailsbury Chinese and returned emigrants are buying up properties on one of the country’s most exclusive streets. 16 February.

Teeing up a place in the sun Emigrating is not just for the young: with sunnier climes and lower living costs, many Irish retirees are moving abroad where pensions stretch further and they enjoy a more active life. Ciara Kenny, 17 February.

‘We’re not here for a long time, but a good time’ The over-55s with time and money on their hands have become an important new group for the travel industry. Isabel Conway, 17 February.

Chef gives kitchen the chop in favour of founding English school Michael Gleeson, co-founder of Cedin English Center in Irapuato, Mexico interviewed by Joanne Hunt as part of the Wild Geese Emigrant Business Leaders Abroad series, 17 February.

Has Dublin lost its groove? Mass emigration has deprived the city of young 20-somethings who create good club nights. Una Mullally, 18 February.

The pub loses its pulling power The recession and emigration are taking their toll. Paul Cullen, 18 February.

Impressed by a rebel who never rebelled Padraig O’Morain stumbles upon an old emigrant friend on Facebook and finds he turned out differently to what he expected. 21 February.

How not to get blocked by bricks Fiona Reddan examines five options for those trapped in negative equity. 21 February.

‘Titanic’ pier in Cobh could collapse if funding not found for preservation The “Heartbreak Pier” was the departure point for generations of Irish emigrants. Brian O’Connell, 21 February.

Over 2500 jobs pledged to Hireland An employment initiative set up last month has received more than 2,500 promises of jobs from businesses around the country. Alison Healy, 21 February.

Streams of joyous invention I live in London and I read The Irish Times’s gloomy narrative of the Irish as frail, feeble, joyless, depressed, emigrated, and totally banjaxed in this vale of tears. But perhaps that just describes the state of the journalists? Letter to the editor, 21 February.

Young emigrants queue for Higgins address More than 100 young Irish emigrants queued in the chilly London air last night to listen to President Michael D Higgins address the London School of Economics. Danielle Moran, 22 February.

President revisits Irish cultural theme in London Members of the Irish in Britain, from London to Newcastle and all points in between gathered in the London Irish Centre in Camden to meet President Higgins. Mark Hennessy, 22 February.

Proposals on constitutional changes to be issued within days Votes for emigrants in presidential elections is one of the items that could be considered by a new constitutional convention. Deaglán de Bréadún, 22 February.