In pictures: Brazilians in Ireland

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Simonsen Miller Silva, who runs Gort's Brazilian-owned money transfer service knows exactly what the downturn is costing his community.

"People send anything from 350 to 650 euros back home. That is the same as ever. They are just doing it less often."

Mr Silva says people still send money about three times a month. "For many, it is a commitment. They have to provide for family, to pay for schooling or for healthcare."

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