One person leaves Ireland every six minutes – most of them are Irish nationals, most of them are headed to the UK, including entire families. It’s a continuation of a growing trend seen since the 2008 crash and a reversal of what was a declining Irish population in the UK. As recently as 2007 Irish mums dropped out of the top 10 of non-UK born mothers to give birth in this country, a chart topped by the Polish at a time the UK is seeing its highest birth rates since 1972. We look at all these issues in detail in this week’s paper. Meanwhile, the Irish government’s response to the astonishing emigration figures is to say that joblessness is coming down and lots of new would-be Irish are happy to take the places of those leaving.
As a nation, a community and the world bids farewell to that most distinguished gentleman of letters, poet Seamus Heaney, we look at the man, the artist, his legacy and why he mattered and which of his books you really, really should read…even if you haven’t read poetry since school.
Whether you’re a Bannerman (or woman) or Rebel we guide you to the best places – other than Croke Park – to watch the All-Ireland hurling clash between Clare and Cork.
Clothes by two ultra-hip fashion designers – Lennon and Courtney – who have taken Ireland by storm with their lines for “real” women are about to go on sale in Harvey Nichols and John Lewis
The London Irish Vintage car rally held at Greenford is only three years old but has already become an end of summer fixture. Pictures and report of one of the biggest Irish community turn-outs in London.
Sex & the Irish Mammy – the author of a new comic novel which seeks to challenge attitudes towards middle-aged Irish women’s sexuality talks to Shelley Marsden
Ireland’s most high profile debt tourist, former bookie and Fine Gael minister turned radio presenter Ivan Yates made a very conspicuous return to Ireland this week as a free of debt, newly discharged bankrupt just as the rest of the country realises that Ireland’s new insolvency laws will allow banks to chase people for “discharged” negative equity debts for up to 20 years should they sever manage to sell their home for more than they paid.
Following a number of suicides by vulnerable young people in the UK and Ireland because of social media on-line bullying we give some tips for parents and kids
A Belfast playwright’s, Glasgow-set, spook for 50 shades of Grey has arrived here and is on tour.
The celebrity portraits of the late, great Cork photographer Bob Carlos Clarke – who lost his life to suicidal, bi-polar depression – is to go on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London after it was donated by his family.
There’s all this, and actually quite a lot more, in this week’s print edition of The Irish World, on UK news stands Wednesday. We’d love to add you as one of our regular readers…