‘I became a New Yorker in some ways and thrived on the energy, the buzz, the pace and the constant drive to do more, achieve more and better myself.’

When I remember how quickly I jumped on the chance to go live in New York, it is entirely fitting of the city that was about to become my second ho(...)

When the recently-defunct Certificate of Irish Heritage (heritagecertificate.ie) was set up back in 2011, it attracted ill-informed begrudgery from ma(...)

 Colin and  Eithne Bell, who set up the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust in memory of their son. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Colin Bell usually takes the call at his house in Newry. Somebody, somewhere, thousands of miles away has died, and their family doesn’t know what (...)

‘On Monday, the Government will discontinue this scheme, and with it, one of the most amusing Irish websites, www.heritagecertificate.com’

If you want a certificate of Irish heritage, you had better get a move on. On Monday, the Government will discontinue this scheme, and with it, one of(...)

The Divis Flats in west Belfast before their demolition. Photograph: Pacemaker

The Irish government of Garret FitzGerald was keen to see the demolition of the Divis Flats complex in west Belfast as an early fruit of the Anglo-Iri(...)

 Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, Lesotho and Kazakhstan, are among the countries where Irish people chose to marry last year.

The small Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, the landlocked African country of Lesotho and the former Soviet republic Kazakhstan, are just some of the(...)

A woman in central Bangkok offers a prayer for the victims after the bombing on Monday. Photograph: Ritchie B Tongo/EPA

Irish expatriates in Thailand are worried about what happens next after the deadly bombing that killed 22 people and injured 123 in downtown Bangko(...)

Former minister for foreign affairs Eamon Gilmore presented a Certificate of Irish Heritage to Tom Cruise, whose Irish ancestry stretches back to the 12th century when the Cruise family settled in Ireland as Knights of Strongbow

Members of the diaspora will no longer be able to pay for proof of their connection to Ireland after the Government announced it is to stop selling Ce(...)

Govan Jolliffe-Byrne (20) from Portmarnock, had been backpacking in eastern Africa since June.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said it is providing consular assistance to the family of young man who died in Tanzania. The man, who is from (...)

 President Michael D Higgins travelled to Áras an Uachtaráin on Tuesday night to be in Dublin to meet departing Israeli  ambassador Boaz Modai on Wednesday.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins met the departing Israeli ambassador to Ireland on Wednesday after confusion over claims of a diplomatic snub. The Preside(...)