http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/16/busin ... index.html
The sky is overcast, the wind is howling, and - like every day in Ireland - lashing rain could come at any moment.
Yet Sam Hopkins is walking on a sunbeam.
This summer, Hopkins will be working in London for a firm managing the 2012 Olympic summer games. The position is a major coup for the Dublin Business School student, largely because the prospects in Ireland are dim.
"It's quite limited," Hopkins explains. "We're such a small country, we do have certain events, but they are on such a small scale compared to other countries."
Finding a job in Ireland, Hopkins says, can be a difficult task - especially for young adults. The Irish economy is in the toilet. Double digit unemployment, high government debt and a glut of unoccupied housing have silenced the roar of the Celtic Tiger, and left many of its cubs struggling to find employment.
"I've had a few interviews and things but it's really, really tough," says Dublin City University Masters Student Owlen Sheedy. "There are an awful lot of masters students going for the jobs in Ireland at the moment, and it's very difficult for us with just degrees to get a job."
For those without degrees, the job search is even harder....
Overwhelmingly on blogs and other online postings, young Irish adults express anxiety about their country's economy, and seem ready to embrace better financial opportunities abroad.
Yet others, like recent college graduate Sinead Donlon, seem to view emigration as a chance to add some excitement to life. Donlon plans on moving to England to live with her cousin. Trained as a personal care assistant, Donlon says she's looking for bar work in London as a way to meet new people.
"I did special needs assistance and I'm qualified in that, but there's no jobs for that at the moment [in Ireland]," Donlon says.
Asked if she thinks whether there might be jobs in her field in London, Donlon pauses for a moment before laughing.
"Yeah, I didn't really think about that!" Donlon says.