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    DRM Recordings

    Friday, March 21st, 2008

    Muenster Germany

    On the map below are links to recordings of Digital Radio broadcast from Ireland August 2007. The transmission was via the RTE LW 252kHz in Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) which provides a clear signal across Europe. These recordings were made near Muenster Germany.
    Broadcast from Ireland received in Muenster Germany here are 4 recordings recording1 recording2 recording3 recording4 (MP3 audio will play in an external media player and may take some time to download)

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    Radlett North London

    On the map below is a link to a recording of Digital Radio broadcast from Ireland August 2007. The transmission was via the RTE LW 252kHz in Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) which provides a clear signal across Europe. The recording was made near Radlett North London UK. Recorded inside the M25 Radlett North London Recording 1 (MP3 audio will play in an external media player and may take some time to download)

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    ÉAN CONFERENCE 2007 part 1

    Monday, December 3rd, 2007

    You can listen to this podcast of our 2007 Éan Seminar, which took place on 1 December in Dublin’s Temple Bar Hotel. We decided to provide a podcast in order to make the event accessible to our members and any interested people around the world. (The link to the podcast is at the bottom of the page.)

    Your comments are welcome! Feel free to use the comment box at the bottom of the page!

    Session 1: Focusing resources

    Moderator: Seamus Scally

    Chairman’s Address: Alan Hilliard. “There’s gold in them thar hills”
    See the text of this speech.

    Keynote Speaker: Brian Harvey. “The Goodbody’s value-for-money report on Irish emigrant services”.
    See the written summary of the speech.

    Discussion time

    Report on curriculum project: Noreen Bowden
    See the accompanying Powerpoint presentation.

    Report on assisted holiday pilot project: Karen McHugh
    See the accompanying Powerpoint presentation. 

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    Who are the speakers?

    Rev. Alan Hilliard is a Dublin Diocesan priest and a native of Coolock. He took up the post of director of the Irish Episcopal Commission for Emigrants in 2003. He is also chair of Emigrant Advice Network and sits on the board of Emigrant Advice. Previous to his work as director Fr. Alan spent time working as Emigrant Chaplain and establishing the Irish Chaplaincy in the parish of Bondi in Sydney, Australia. On his return from Sydney Alan took up the post of Pastoral Care Manager for the Special Olympics World Games 2003. Fr. Alan was involved with the establishment of a new parish in Lucan South, County Dublin. The parish opened a new Church in September 2000. He was also based as a priest in Ringsend, Dublin as well as teaching in Dublin Vocational Schools for seven years.

    Brian Harvey is an independent social researcher who works for voluntary and community organizations in both parts of Ireland, Britain and continental Europe in the areas of social policy, poverty, equality, community development and European integration.

    Noreen Bowden has been the Director of Ean since 2006. Prior to joining Éan, she spent six years at Irish Emigrant Publications in Galway, where she was General Manager. Noreen has an MA in Irish Literature and Culture from Boston College, where her research focused on emigrant literature. Noreen became involved in migrant issues while spending six years volunteering for the Irish Immigration Center in Boston.

    Karen Mc Hugh has a long history of working with the Irish in Britain. As a qualified Social Worker, she has worked with some of the vulnerable sections of the the Irish community throughout London. She worked as the Director of the Brent Irish Advisory Service (BIAS) for nearly 10 years and continues to have a role there as Fundraiser for the organisation. Karen is also involved with Cricklewood Homeless Concern and the Irish Traveller Movement in London. In May of this year Karen commenced work with EAN to develop an Assisted Holiday Programme and will facilitate the organisation of up to 5 holidays in 2007/2008. Karen is fully committed and passionate about supporting the Irish in Britain.

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    ÉAN CONFERENCE 2007 part 2

    Monday, December 3rd, 2007

    Session 2: Strengthening ties

    Moderator: Pascal Mooney

    Patsy McGarry: “The Irish abroad and the media”

    Philip Orr: “The experience of Irish soldiers abroad”

    Noreen Bowden: “Political participation: An international perspective”
    See the accompanying Powerpoint presentation.

    Discussion time

    Paula Lally “The emigration of people at risk”
    See the accompanying Powerpoint presentation.

    About our speakers:

    Patsy McGarry has been the religious affairs correspondent with the Irish Times since March 1997. He has been with the paper since 1994; A graduate of NUI, Galway, the Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon native worked until 1987 with the pirate radio station Sunshine Radio in Portmarnock, Dublin. He then went on to freelance with Magill Magazine, RTE and the Irish Press group; he set up the newsroom at the first independent radio station in Ireland, Capital Radio (now FM104). Just prior to joining the Irish Times, he worked with the Irish Press Group and then Independent Newspapers.

    Philip Orr is a freelance writer, researcher, and former theatre studies teacher. He is currently working on a project for the Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Belfast on deprivation in Loyalist working-class communities. He has written about several topics but has a particular interest in the Great War in Irish history; his publications on that topic include, “The Road to the Somme?, Blackstaff Press, 1987 (due to be reissued next year) and “Field of Bones?, Lilliput Press, 2006, which tells the story of the 10th Irish division at Gallipoli.

    Noreen Bowden has been the Director of Ean since 2006. Prior to joining Éan, she spent six years at Irish Emigrant Publications in Galway, where she was General Manager. Noreen has an MA in Irish Literature and Culture from Boston College, where her research focused on emigrant literature. Noreen became involved in migrant issues while spending six years volunteering for the Irish Immigration Center in Boston.

    Paula Lally is an information worker with Crosscare Migrant Project; she joined what was then Emigrant Advice in July 2005. Specialising in emigration and return migration, she wrote the books “Going to the USA?, “Going to the UK?, “Going to Australia?, “Going to Canada?. Each was subtitled “A practical guide to emigrating?; they were published in November 2007.

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    Boston Globe articles highlight changing migration patterns

    Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

    The Boston Globe has run a two-part series of articles focusing on the experiences of the Irish in Boston. By Kevin Cullen, the series opens with a description of a new version of the “American Wake” – a goodbye held in Quincy pub for an undocumented couple as they prepare to head home for Ireland, giving up their Boston lives after seven years. The article describes how the Irish immigrant experience has changed dramatically as the community shrinks and enforcement increases.

    The second article in the series describes the experiences of those who have conm home, and how returning emigrants are coping with the changes that have taken place in the last few years.

    Read the series:
    Wave of Irish immigration to Boston begins to slow“.
    “Going full circle: Native land’s new prosperity has many reversing their exodus”

    Australia celebrates Paddy’s Day – without a government representative

    Friday, March 16th, 2007

    The Irish in Australia will not be hosting a government minister this Saint Patrick’s Day. First Secretary Aidan Cronin of the Irish Embassy in Canberra said, “This year, for a variety of reasons, it has not been possible to send a minister to represent the Government. We would expect that there would be ministerial representation in future years”.

    One country that will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day in style will be China – Shanghai, the largest city, has been hosting a major week-long festival. Events include the largest exhibition of contemporary Irish art ever held in China as well as Shanghai’s first St Patrick’s Day parade.

    President McAleese pays tribute to emigrant heritage in speech to British Council

    Thursday, March 15th, 2007

    President Mary McAleese has paid tribute to Ireland’s emigrants and immigrants in a speech to the British Council, entitled “The Changing Faces of Ireland – Migration and Multiculturalism”.

    In her speech she noted the contribution of Ireland’s emigrants, from the past through to today:

    The Irish know better than many other races how valuable the emigrants to our shores are. We know these things because of our own extensive history of being emigrants. We are proud of the contribution our emigrants made wherever they went and though the Irish word for exile ‘deoraíocht’ comes from the Irish word for tears, we have lived long enough to see our emigrants and their offspring power their way into every sphere of civic life around the world, first-rate ambassadors for Ireland and effective bridges between Ireland and so many countries and peoples. The success of our emigrants in politics, business, education and the arts inspired our self-belief at home through very fallow periods and their remittances of hard-earned shillings and dollars helped lift the quality of life of their families left at home. In every generation they too have filled the wells of Ireland’s cultural heritage, bringing huge dynamism and fresh imagination – in this generation I think of Thomas Kenneally in Australia, author of Schindler’s List, Tony award-winning playwright Martin Mc Donagh in London, dancer-choreographer extraordinaire Michael Flatley in Chicago and a list that would wrap itself around Ireland several times.

    President McAleese also noted the challenges inherent in developing a vision for a diverse society, but noted that Ireland’s heritage as an emigrant nation would be an asset:

    As one of the world’s great exporters of people, as a culture steeped in the emigrant experience, we have both the challenge now, and the chance, to make the emigrant experience in Ireland something to be truly proud of. We have a written constitution which pledges us to assure the dignity and freedom of the individual. It guides and informs us in formulating the vision we have for our country, a place where it is possible to love Poland, China, Latvia, Nigeria, Somalia and to love Ireland too, to be at home though far from home, to live comfortably within Irish culture and yet be free to showcase and express your own culture, for ultimately these are the great gifts each newcomer brings – the gift of difference and of curiosity. Our gift in return is our welcome for the otherness of others and our acceptance of each as our equal.

    Read the entire speech on the Aras an Uachtarain website.

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