Customers enjoy a last few moments at  Bewley’s on Grafton Street ahead if its closure for a six-month refurbishment. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

“A little piece of Dublin going away from us” was how one customer described the final day of Bewley’s Café on Grafton Street in its current guise. Th(...)

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.’

Ciaran Lowney has lived in New Zealand with his Kiwi wife since 2003. He is on the board of the Auckland Irish Society and works as an ac(...)

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

Teacher Sarah Lynch and her young family moved to Christchurch in 2012 after her husband, a quantity surveyor, lost his job. He is now helping to rebu(...)

There is a growing Irish community in all the main cities in New Zealand.

As much as New Zealand has to offer, its remote location means expats can feel very far from home at times. If you find homesickness is starting to se(...)

When you’re budgeting for your life in New Zealand, bear in mind that most Kiwis have cars and unless you are living in one of the largest two or three cities, you will almost certainly need one.

The cost of living in New Zealand is broadly in line with that in Ireland, although specific costs might be higher or lower than at home and wages (...)

Homes tend to typically be in an inner city apartment block, or a fully detached, individually built suburban or rural house.

The most popular areas for new Irish arrivals in New Zealand are Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, followed by Queenstown and Dunedin. Acc(...)

 Concert goers celebrate the New Year at Madison Square Garden  in New York City. PhotographBrad Barket/Getty Images 1:44

A 5,300kg Waterford Crystal ball took centre stage in New York overnight.Roughly a million revellers packed New York’s Times Square and rang in the n(...)

My wife’s latest scheme to suck all of the joy out of Christmas is called degifting? It’s basically a no-present amnesty you agree with your neares(...)

Neither musician is exactly a household name, but this collaboration of Paul Smith (Maximo Park) and Peter Brewis (Field Music) is intriguing.(...)

Break in Bruges: the best way to navigate Bruges is by taking a boat trip on the canals, which costs just €7.60 for half an hour with live – and lively – commentary. Photograph: Getty Images

War tourists have been coming to present-day Belgium since the Waterloo battlefield was sought out by curious British travellers in the aftermath o(...)