Clare Herbert (WIP08) and Daithi de Buitleir (WIP11) have had opinion pieces published by the Irish Times over the last two days.
Clare’s article entitled: “Young people doing it for themselves” promotes the new narrative of young people in Ireland creating new opportunities and striving to make Ireland a better place. Here is a sample of her piece:
“There are two main story lines when it comes to the under 30s:
1) They’re emigrating
2) They’re drunken louts, brazenly benefiting from the education system but characterized by an indignant sense of entitlement and a disdain for hard work: the hideously dubbed “Celtic Tiger Cubs”.
Both, of course, are true to some extent. But, there’s another group; a story left untold: the cohort of under 30s who choose to stay in Ireland, of which I am one.”
Read the full article here.
Daithi’s article entitled: “Young people need to be engaged, equipped and empowered” is a manifesto statement on behalf of Daithi’s new initiative Raising and Giving. Outlining their achievements so for, Daithi writes:
“We have really made good progress. What started off as a simple idea has really blossomed; we now have over 600 members who are working out of our two hubs of activity in Dublin City University and the University of Limerick. We have people who were not doing anything to improve their communities and country who are now positively active and promoting change. They are fundraising, volunteering, establishing social enterprises and setting up community initiatives. They are proud to be Irish but not happy with Ireland and they are keen to do something about this.”
You can check out the full article here.
Also mentioned in today’s Irish Times is Angelina Cox (WIP11), who is quoted in “Recession is wake-up call to get involved in politics” about increasing engagement from young people in political parties.
Daithi de Buitleir (WIP11) has been making waves since returning from DC in 2011. Read more
June 4th marked exactly one year since I departed for Washington DC. Before going, in the book of my life, I imagine that the chapter would’ve been entitled “My Great American Adventure”. By the time I returned in August, it had been re-named “The Summer That Changed My Life”. Read more
This is a remembrance for Congressman Donald Payne by Karl Ryan, WIP Class of 2011
I worked for the late Congressman Donald M. Payne during the Washington Ireland Program of 2011. Two things come to mind when I reflect on that time. Read more
Looking to catch up on the conversation in Ireland, Northern Ireland and DC? Check out our weekly series where we bring you the top five stories, events and opinion pieces that caught our eye this week.
1) WIP Xmas Party – 21st December! Calling all WIP Alumni & Friends, the WIP Christmas party will be held on the 21st December at BT1 in Belfast. As usual, the only cost of entry is an unwrapped gift for the Family Appeal – and they request that no soft toys this year. We hope to see you there!
2) DCU Raising & Giving goes from strength to strength. Congratulations to Daithí Bán de Buitléir for another successful event with the new DCU society that he co-founded after returning from DC. Last night Daithi and his friends organized the RAG Rumble, a boxing competition that brought in over €4,000 for charity. You can keep up to date with their activities by following them on facebook here. Daithí can be seen in the photo above, on the right in red, after one of the fights.
3) Slate Civil War Stories. For those US history buffs out there, we recommend this excellent short podcast series of Civil War Stories – a collaboration between the Memory Palace and Slate.com. Highlighting unusual human stories from the US Civil War, this has brought great aural enjoyment to the WIP Office this week. The three episodes so far highlight the day-trippers who went to watch the Battle of Bull-Run, the amazing story of Elizabeth Van Lew (with guest appearance form then General US Grant), and Thaddeus Lowe the Civil War aeronaut.
4) A little bit of Challenge & Inspiration. We were directed to this short video about the history and potential for Northern Ireland to impact and influence the world by Michael O’Hara (Belfast born, Massachusetts Based – Chief Marketing Officer: GSMA) and we really like it. Have a look & start thinking about what we can make!
5) Some times its important to stop & listen. This is an old story (Jan 07) about Joshua Bell, grammy award-winning violinist that popped up again across Facebook this week. Mr Bell donned a Nats cap and started busking at Metro Center. Check out the video here & Pulitzer Prize winning story too.