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Joan watched the deck for a while and the hummingbird came to the window and hovered in front of her.
She quickly made sugar water and hung a feeder out!
"I came back later and dealt with another cop and got the form signed, but it is clear that they [the local Australians] are not so happy with the Irish," he added.
Mr Cantwell said: "I haven't heard of that problem being widespread, but in fairness to them the cops in that area probably deal with their fair share of trouble." Given how poor things are economically in Ireland, many are now also looking to extend their stay in Australia, where the economy has been shielded from the worst of the recession, adding to the congestion in backpacker hotspots.
In total, there are now more than 70,000 Irish nationals resident long term in Australia, up from 55,000 in 2006; then there are the 22,000 Irish backpackers over there for the 12 months.
Police sources in the Bondi area have said that several bars in the area are open 24 hours, and that public order incidents involving Irish backpackers are an increasing problem, with violent altercations on the rise.
We have a considerable security team who are there to prevent violence but that is not always possible and at times punches are thrown.
Echoing Mr Cantwell's comments, Patricia Murphy, marketing and entertainments manager at the Cock'N'Bull bar at Bondi Junction, a major haunt for Irish backpackers, said that noise and the threat of drunken violence involving backpackers is a constant problem for bars in the area."The working holiday visa is an overwhelming success story for Australia.It is a huge source of revenue for them and it is a significant addition to the economy.As a result, some of Irish travellers in the area have said they have experienced a backlash from some locals."I've been in Australia for over six months now, and in Sydney for over two.