Wednesday 16 August 2017

Sir - On a recent trip to the UK, we were invited to a Gaelic football blitz event for eight- and ten-year-old boys and girls in Guilford, North London.

Sir - On a recent trip to the UK, we were invited to a Gaelic football blitz event for eight- and ten-year-old boys and girls in Guilford, North London.

It was a huge success and a tribute to the local GAA organisers and parents, originally from all corners of Ireland. There were up to a hundred children taking part, all with English accents - though their parents' accents were Irish. On reflection, this highlights, in microcosm, the tragedy of forced emigration and the dire consequences for Ireland's future.

The parents I spoke to are now firmly embedded in London society and contributing to its economy predominantly as teachers, doctors, nurses and in other professions. The decision to move for many was driven by necessity, and in their view, the result of a failed Irish state.

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