Saturday 25 March 2017

From The Gathering to The Vanishing

In another country 200,000 fewer twentysomethings might seem catastrophic. Here, it's just life, writes Declan Lynch

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

The news that there are 200,000 fewer twentysomethings in Ireland now, than there were five years ago is, of course, astounding. Or at least it would be in any vaguely normal country.

A similar statistic in the UK would mean that roughly 2.5m young people had somehow wandered off, never to be seen again. You'd need a world war at least to get anywhere close to such a number, such a phenomenon.

But here, we just regard it as part of the rhythm of life.

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