The Emigrant Support Programme provides funding to welfare, social, cultural, sporting and business organisations working with Irish people around the world each year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Emigrant Support Programme has €11.6m to give to organisations worldwide in 2015

The cost of living is 8 per cent lower in Ireland than in New York, according to data compiled by Numbeo and MoveHub. Image:

Ireland ranks 11th in index of most expensive countries in the world to live in

Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan with Consul General in New York Barbara Jones and director general of the GAA Paraic Duffy at Dublin Castle yesterday before a panel discussion on the diaspora and emigrant welfare. Photograph: Lensmen Photography

Diaspora strategy to include initiatives to help Ireland connect with communities overseas

€5.8 million holiday home: Tulira Castle in  Co Galway. Photographs: Fennell Photography

Co-founder of online car hire company buys restored Tulira Castle on 265 acres

Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More and more of us need consular assistance when we’re away from Ireland, whether we’re ill or under arrest

Ciaran Lowney: ‘I have never had any trouble getting work. Kiwis like can do people, and demonstrating this to complement your skills will count for a lot.’

My New Zealand: Accountant Ciaran Lowney has been involved with the Irish community in Auckland since moving there in 2003

If you are already an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you  don’t need a visa to work in New Zealand.

From a working holiday to permanent residency, our guide will help you find the right visa

All three major cities in New Zealand - Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch -  get more than 2,000 hours of sunshine a year.

Temperate climate, lush scenery and low cost of living make it an attractive alternative to Australia

Sarah Lynch with her husband Barry and son Oliver (1)

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