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Alcohol sales in decline, living with debt, the GAA abroad, the benefits of beetroot in burgers and a presidential address to the Irish in New York: this week’s round up of emigration-related stories from

Wed, May 2, 2012, 11:42



President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins visiting the 9/11 memorial in New York. The President also delivered the third Thomas Flanagan lecture at the Historical Society on Fifth Avenue. Photograph: Shane ONeill/Fennells

New body sees value of research Irish Research Council recognises that emigration is part of the career development of a researcher, who can bring overseas expertise back to Ireland. Conor O’Carroll, 26 April.

Drinks industry indicates sales flat as consumption declines Alcohol sales  fell further last year due to drop in average consumption and emigration. Ciarán Hancock, 26 April.

Gaa: the social network for emigrants While GAA clubs lament the loss of their players to emigration, their games are flourishing overseas, and the organisation also provides invaluable connections to help young emigrants settle in. Ciara Kenny, 27 April.

Galway grad trades on putting customer at centre of corporate decision-making Dave Frankland,  Vice-president and research director of customer intelligence at Forrester in Palm Beach, Florida, interviewed as part of the Wild Geese Irish business leaders abroad series. 27 April.

Living with debt: Two stories John from Dublin, who owes €358,000, and Adrian Conlon from Athy in Kildare who owes AIB €2.1 million, share their stories of being in debt. 27 April.

Mining the Census Details of the 2011 Census results continue to surprise and inform: Despite the return of emigration, high birth rates brought an 8 per cent rise in population between 2006 and 2011. Editorial, 30 April.

Software company goes with the flow Sean O’Sullivan of Dragons’ Den recently suggested that Ireland should look at taking in about 75,000 skilled emigrants on an annual basis. Fiona Reddan, 30 April.

Health Briefing Beetroot could help to break down bad fats in fast food – good news for the Irish in Oz, where the vegetable is commonly served on burgers. 1 May.

What’s driving the Irish to Germany?  In the 1980s, BMW employed many Irish emigrants on their production line. Now, they’re calling again, but this time the stakes are higher. Derek Scally, 2 May.

President delivers first of major US addresses President Higgins says emigration “taught the Irish a further skill – the ability to maintain poise in the face of change, to live in two or even more worlds at once” during a speech at American Irish Historical Society. Lara Marlowe, 2 May.