Sunday Long Reads: How did the Trumps make their fortune and why Enda needs to get tough on Brexit

Kick back with a cup of coffee and enjoy the best of this week's Long Reads

After an eventful week, here's plenty to choose from in this week's Long Reads.

This week marks 20 years since the first divorce in Ireland was granted, so we take a look at how Irish views on the matter have changed in that period. 

As Donald Trump takes office and promises to run America like one of his businesses, we look back at the history of his family fortune. 

Elsewhere, as Luis Suarez keeps scoring goals for Barcelona, we assess the role Dutch football had in his formation, BT Young Scientist of the Year 2017 Shane Curran outlines his plans to follow in the footsteps of Ireland's famous Collison brothers, and it's time for Enda to get tough on Brexit. 

Luis Suarez, Groningen FC and how the Dutch moulded many of Europe's top footballers

This year for the first time since 2009, a player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo picked up the Pichichi Trophy. The award, named after the Athletic Bilbao striker Rafael "Pichichi" Moreno, celebrates the league's top scorer.

Image: FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez holds the Golden Boot at the Camp Nou last October. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Luis Suarez, as part of the fearsome MSN attacking trident which features Messi and fellow South American Neymar, ended the domination of two of the players who are widely regarded as the two best in the world.

Over the past four years Luis Suarez has become one of the most potent attackers in Europe, but like many of those who scale the heights of the global game, his footballing education truly started in the Netherlands.

Unwedded bliss: Today marks twenty years since the first divorce was granted in Ireland

Twenty years ago this week, the first divorce was granted in Ireland - an event seen as marking a major secular shift in Irish social views.

A divisive referendum on the issue in 1995 ended 58-year-old ban on divorce provided for in the 1937 Constitution, reading: "No law shall be enacted providing for the dissolution of marriage." It carried by the narrowest of margins - 50.28% to 49.72%.

As Catholicism remains the dominant religion in Ireland - with most recent Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures at 84% - and divorce rates here the third lowest in Europe - how has the societal view of divorce changed? 

Gold, brothels and real estate: How did the Trumps get so rich?

Donald Trump is possibly the brashest businessmen of his generation, and his critics are fast to highlight the fact that he was born into money - but where did the Trump family fortune come from?

The Trumps, or Drumpfs, as they were originally called (although the exact timing of this change is a source of controversy) only arrived across the Atlantic in 1885 when Donald's grandfather fled Germany.

A barber by trade, he faced limited career opportunities in rural Bavaria and was approaching the age when he would have been required to do military service, so he set sail for New York in his mid-teens. Registered as 'Trumpf' on his migration records, he soon dropped the 'f' and started working as a barber in Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Shane Curran: Ireland’s 16-year-old technology prodigy on keeping secrets and becoming a billionaire

What were you doing when you were 16? Playing football maybe? Trying to avoid doing your homework? Sneaking out of your bedroom window to meet your friends?

Whatever it was, it is unlikely that you were creating an unbreakable encryption system using multi-jurisdictional quorum sharding. Then again, not every 16-year-old is like Shane Curran.

Image: Shane Curran (16) took top prize at the BT Young Scientist and Technology 2017 awards for his project entitled ˜qCrypt: a quantum-secure, data storage solution with multijurisdictional quorum sharing technology. Leah Farrell/

Last weekend, Curran was crowned the BT Young Scientist 2017 for his project called qCrypt. The technology promises to be able to store secrets forever, and even with the advent of quantum computing —which promises a, well, quantum leap forward in processing capability — his encryption system claims to be secure.

Enough is enough, it's time for Enda to get tough on Brexit

When tartan-clad Theresa May stepped to the podium in Lancaster House on Tuesday for the grand-unveiling of her Brexit vision, she assured us she had a plan.

She assured us the UK will leave the Single Market and still have all the access in the world to it. She assured us the Common Travel Area will be maintained with Ireland. She assured us there will be no return to the borders of the past.

Image: Enda Kenny speaking at the launch of the Creative Minds Ireland in the National Gallery in Dublin | Image:

Sadly, like Mike Tyson’s soundly-battered opponents, Prime Minister May - and our own government here in Ireland - are about to find out that the punch in the mouth of reality can undo all strategies.