THE (continuing) IRISH INVASION

OK. I’ll grant that this entry is NOT news. But it is an ongoing hostel saga (for want of a better word).

I’ve just searched the words “Irish Invasion” on our blog and came up with great number references to the virtual flood of Irish Nationals visiting our Toronto hostel!

(I initially typed just the word “Irish” by itself but had to be more specific to keep the results manageable!)

Anyhow, the results of the more specific search, references an entry dating from September 2007. That’s when we first really noticed the increasing trickle of Irish coming to the hostel.

That trickle has become a flood! Never before has there ever been a single demographic comprising such a majotity of visitors! (Up to 1/3 of our hostel’s capacity are Irish on almost any given day!).

A unique feature of these job-seeking migrants is how qualified most of them are! Architects, engineers, business grads, lab technicians and even qualified tradesmen – a group that rarely needs to migrate to find work!

Aisling Riordan, a former radio/television journalist with RTE (Eire’s counterpart to our CBC) was an early member of the Irish flood. She works for an organization that assists this latest Irish diaspora and keeps her journalistic skills honed with free-lance reports for both RTE back home and the CBC right here.

She recently completed an excelent short feature for CBC’s World Report on the “Irish Invasion” which has led to a segment on CBC’s popular Metro Morning radio show.

Mark Donnelly from Northern Ireland, a law student, hostel resident and job seeker was the program’s guest.

We have attached a copy of Aisling Riordan’s brief “World Report” news itemĀ  as well as a link to the Mark Donnelly interview in the Metro Morning archives.

(In addition, we are reposting Aisling Riordan’s excellent “Showreel” – soley for your enjoyment! It’s pretty neat.

CBC Toronto – Irish Invasion

(Aisling’s report begins at 6:4o of CBC World Report.)

Aisling Riordan’s brief “World Report” – Last 2 minutes

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