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Emigrant suitcases, five-star chefs, US visas and the Pogues

This week’s round-up of stories about emigration and the Irish abroad.

Sat, Dec 8, 2012, 17:45


This week’s round-up of stories about emigration and the Irish abroad:

An emigrant's suitcase from the 1950s, which is on display at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life at Turlough Park House in Castlebar, Co Mayo.

We may top the austerity class but the pain is very real Unemployment has fallen by only 12,000 in the last year and much of that fall is attributable to emigration. More of the unemployed are rapidly becoming long-term unemployed, writes Noel Whelan, 8 December.

Emigrant’s suitcase, 1950s This week’s item in Fintan O’Toole’s ‘History of Ireland in 100 Objects’ series is an emigrant’s suitcase from the 1950s. 8 December.

Pogues’ Christmas hit reaches 25 It is 25 years since the twisted Irish emigrant ballad of Christmas Eve in the drunk tank was first heard on release of the perennially popular but most unlikely festive hit. Genevieve Carbery, 7 December.

First my uncle left, then my siblings, now my son For generations, Irish families have been saying goodbye to loved ones.  But no parent wants to consider the possibility that it might be for good. Elaine Hartigan, 7 December.

A life on the move proves a recipe for five-star success Brendan McGowan, executive chef at the St Regis Hotel in Doha, Qatar interviewed as part of the Wild Geese series on Irish business leaders abroad. 7 December.

Emigration ‘disguises jobless figures’ Youth emigration is disguising unemployment figures, small business group Isme has said, attributing a drop in the numbers under 25 on the Live Register to a rise in emigration since July 2010. Pamela Newenham, 7 December.

Clinton concerned over OSCE future Visas for young Irish emigrants moving to the US was one of the issues discussed by Hilary Clinton and Eamon Gilmore when they met in Dublin. 6 December.

An Irishman’s Diary “One of the more picturesque events of next year’s Gathering, surely, will be the opening of a commemorative garden on the shores of Blacksod Bay, Co Mayo.” Frank McNally, 6 December.

Byrne stands by Gathering criticism Actor Gabriel Byrne has defended his views on the Gathering, saying that he still feels it is a scam. Tim O’Brien and Jason Kennedy, 4 December.

Exposure to the internet isn’t all bad for camera business Owner of Conn’s Cameras in Dublin believes the mass emigration after the downturn has helped their online business. 4 December.

Draw gives Ireland good opportunity to proceed but topping pool looks essential As last year’s World Cup in New Zealand highlighted, one of the few spin-offs from Ireland returning to waves of emigration is that the ever-swelling Irish diaspora commercially commands big venues. Gerry Thornley, 4 December.