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From left: Joe Byrne (iSwitzerland), Luke Kelly (Hong Kong), Mark Boyle (UK)


Joe Byrne writes:

I know you don’t normally do this, but I wonder would you be interested in plugging a new(ish) podcast by three Irish lads abroad?

In “80 Days: an exploration podcast”, we sit down at three microphones, scattered around the world in Hong Kong, England and Switzerland and bring the listener on a journey around a different country each week.

We talk about history, geography, culture, sport and tell the stories of interesting people you’ve never heard of before. We aim for lesser-known countries, and it’s a voyage of discovery for all of us.

We’re not professionals, just normal guys with a great interest in travel & research and keen on keeping in touch with each other and sharing our stories from around the world with everyone back home.

The first six episodes have racked up thousands of listens from around the world, and feedback from the countries we cover has generally been positive!

In this week’s episode, we’re getting to know our nearest (and tiniest) neighbour, the mysterious Isle of Man – the podcast features literal boatloads of Vikings, the world’s most insane motorbike race, a surprisingly creative WWII internment camp (where Pilates was invented!), a language that sounds very familiar to Irish ears, and many, many Olafs

You can find out more here, subscribe on iTunes (or wherever you get your podcasts) Facebook and on Twitter (@80dayspodcast) and subscribe to the series on iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts.(if you’d like some short mp3 clips, you can find them on this link)…

80 Days; An irish Exploration Podcast

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A quarter of a million Irish citizens have emigrated since 2008.

70% of them are in their 20s.

Irish Diaspora Voting‘ facilitates unofficial democratic representation for Ireland’s diaspora allowing Irish citizens abroad to engage symbolically in Irish politics and ‘serve as evidence for the urgent need of an adequate postal voting system’

Kerry Guinan writes:

Here’s a handy new tool to circulate to the Irish abroad ahead of the marriage referendum and in lieu of an adequate postal voting system for diaspora. Its results will be published to provide a more accurate representation of Irish voting preferences, and to express a need to Government for a postal voting system

Vote here

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The young Irishman who declared earlier this week that a Melbourne flood damage court case had ruined his life is dead.

The circumstances around the death of Padraig Gaffney are unknown but the Irish Echo can confirm that the 29-year-old died on Wednesday, May 7 just a day after he faced court in Melbourne.
Mr Gaffney, who was originally from Lanesborough in Co Longford, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and was handed a $10,000 fine over an incident in April last year when he set off a fire hydrant in a hotel.

Tragic postscript to flood damage court case (Billy Cantwell, Irish Echo)

Thanks Garthicus


After a worldwide hunt ‘gathering’ video footage of brew-loving Irish emigrants…

Róisín O: The Tea Song

Darragh Genockey writes:

Here’s the finished product. After last week’s post we received videos from New Zealand, Hong Kong, Australia, London, a family in Denmark, and a few others. Thanks. I hope people in Ireland will like the song. Video edited by  Alan Joseph Tully


Of course it fails to tackle the big question.

Barry’s, Lyon’s OR organic?.

Róisín O 

Above: John Daly, Goldman Sachs Group, New York; Martin Kelly, vice-president of worldwide information technology; Una Fox, vice-president of technology, Walt Disney Company and Conor Allen, global head of technology, NYSE Euronext.

THE HEAD of the Irish Technology Leadership Group in California has urged the Government to move quickly to secure the services of top business executives who have offered to serve on state boards without payment.

But Mr [John] Hartnett [founder of the ITLG] said Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, who was keen on the project when it was first suggested last year, had not yet been in contact to finalise details of the scheme.

“I would urge the Government to move quickly on this,” Mr Hartnett said.

High powered advice for free at our time of greatest need?

Surely, a way will be found to make an utter bags of this.

Move Urged On Securing Executives’ Free Services (Irish Times)