Izzeddeen and Eman Alkarajeh with their children Omar, Jouri and Lama. Izzeddeen, a Palestinian from the west bank who moved here from Saudi Arabia with his wife and children last year and is living in direct provision in Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Izzeddeen Alkarajeh had been living and working in Saudi Arabia for nearly 17 years when he lost his job. He knew his Jordanian wife, who he met durin(...)

Karen Weeks taking in the sights at Lake Victoria on her solo cycling trip across Canada.

When Dr Karen Weekes rocked up to the reception of a five-star hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia just before midnight a few weeks ago, she knew it might b(...)

A Dutch teenager with dreams of backpacking across Australia found himself surrounded by snow after accidentally booking a flight to Sydney, Nova Scotia. File photograph: Bob Strong/Reuters

Milan Schipper’s plan was to backpack through Australia, taking in its lush coastal landscapes and white sand beaches before heading to college this a(...)

Federal court justice Robin Camp submitted his resignation over his behaviour while presiding over a 2014 trial into allegations of sexual assault

A judge who asked a complainant in a rape trial why she couldn’t just keep her knees together has resigned, hours after the disciplinary body for Cana(...)

The Hector Heritage Quay in Pictou, Nova Scotia,  features a  full-size replica of the ship that carried Scottish immigrants to Nova Scotia in the 18th century.

Something about Nova Scotia’s dramatic coastline, sandy beaches and lush hills has a look of Ireland to it, like a distant cousin with your grandmothe(...)

Ronan O’Driscoll at one of his regular pub sessions in Halifax: “Nova Scotians are friendly and genuine, but it can be a surprise to find that it only extends so far.”

Ronan O’Driscoll was 12 when he first emigrated: His father moved the entire family from Kerry to Chicago when he was appointed head of a division of (...)

 Ballet dancer/teacher Nova Johnstone, who overcame cancer as young teenager, pictured with  dance student Lily Deveney. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nova Johnstone was sitting in the hospital waiting area when she saw her mother step outside the doctor’s office looking visibly upset. The young danc(...)

The town of Ilulissat in Greenland: the Faroes secured an opt-out from what was then the EEC when Denmark joined in 1973 and Greenland followed by leaving in 1985. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty

There is a little-discussed Danish quirk of the European Union, which goes like this: the Kingdom of Denmark is a member of the EU. Greenland and the (...)

Able Seaman Des Branigan photographed in 2014 at an  event to mark the 30th anniversary of the liquidation of Irish Shipping. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tributes have been paid to former diver, Irish Shipping veteran and trade unionist Des Branigan who has died at the age of 98. Mr Branigan, from Dubl(...)

Unmarked graves of Irish miners who died who died during the Colorado silver rush of 1877-90

A good place to start was where people were buried. Historian Jim Walsh began his research about 13 years ago and, intent on finding out more about th(...)