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From Dingle to Donegal: the communities left behind

A special Generation Emigration series continues in The Irish Times today, analysing which towns and counties have lost the most young people to emigration, with case studies from Kerry and Donegal

Mon, Mar 18, 2013, 11:55


A special Generation Emigration series continues in the news pages of The Irish Times today.

Pamela Duncan crunches the numbers, which reveal a sharp fall in numbers of young jobless people in certain areas of the country, which can be attributed to emigration, jobs initiatives and longer periods spent in education. She analyses figures from 123 social welfare offices, finding that 90 per cent saw a decrease in the numbers of under-25s on the live register in the last year – Dingle in Co Kerry, Killybegs in Co Donegal and Bandon in Co Cork were worst affected.

Duncan also visits Co Kerry, where emigration has taken the men in the middle from Kerry GAA team, while Rosita Boland takes a trip around Donegal to find closed pubs and businesses, and a lack of young people.

The series began on Saturday with an analysis of current emigration trends by Ciara Kenny. It concludes tomorrow with reports from Irish Times correspondents Simon Carswell, Lorraine Mallinder and Helene Hoffman on recent Irish arrivals in the US, Canada and Australia.