Blog > June 2012

40,000 Irish-born people emigrated last year

40,000 Irish-born people emigrated last year
More Irish people are leaving the country than immigrants who came here during the boom, a detailed study has found.

New research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows more than 76,000 people left the country last year.

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An Irishman's Diary

An Irishman's Diary
DURING an idle moment on Wednesday, I briefly considered compiling “a History of Ireland in 100 handshakes”.

For one thing, the late 20th and early 21st centuries would be vastly over-represented. Whereas, before that, historic handshakes appear to have been few and far between. As for pre-history, well, any landmark manual activity back then was as likely to involve amputation (the red hand of Ulster, for example) as shaking.

Posted by ISAA Site Administrator on 29-Jun-2012 @ 11:59 AM | with 0 comments

A northern light on Shakespeare's 'broken' monarch

A northern light on Shakespeare's 'broken' monarch
IN STRATFORD-Upon-Avon, he is the toast of the town. When he heard he was to be offered the role of the misshapen, wrongdoing Richard of Gloucester in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard III, 33-year-old actor Jonjo O’Neill, from west Belfast, had just emerged from a three-year stint with the company.

Posted by ISAA Site Administrator on 29-Jun-2012 @ 11:57 AM | with 0 comments

Reading from a very early age

Reading from a very early age
WE ALL HAVE our favourite books from childhood: fairy tales, Alice in Wonderland, Paddington Bear, Where the Wild Things Are, The Railway Children, Matilda, The Secret Garden, The Wind in the Willows, Gulliver’s Travels or Robinson Crusoe. These books affected us profoundly and maybe even changed our lives. But suppose we grew up in the 18th century, what could we have read?

Posted by ISAA Site Administrator on 29-Jun-2012 @ 11:45 AM | with 0 comments

The best place to live in Ireland: Westport

The best place to live in Ireland: Westport
Westport IS the best place to live in Ireland. The Co Mayo town came out the victor after a final session in The Irish Times offices last Friday, when judges had to select from a shortlist that included Cork city; Ardara, Co Donegal; Westport, Co Mayo; Killarney, Co Kerry; and Rathmines in Dublin.

Posted by ISAA Site Administrator on 25-Jun-2012 @ 11:41 AM | with 0 comments