Emigrant Voices

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‘Thanks to those who give us perspective. This moment we are in, here in America, is dark and exquisitely painful.’ Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

It’s a strange thing, Thanksgiving. As a kid growing up in Ireland, I saw it in movies and never really understood it. I thought it was a made-up even(...)

‘It’s time to navigate through my middle-age without the angst; without looking over my shoulder and wondering how things might’ve been different.’

Australia is hardly nirvana. Plenty of people have it tough here. But for the most part, you are welcome to come if you are prepared to work hard; and(...)

Exploring Kathmandu, Nepal.

A few weeks ago, a video I made about quitting my job went viral on Facebook, amassing more than 10,000 views in three days. The video clearly struck (...)

Thailand GAA was established by a group of Irish in Bangkok in 2007.

I was sipping on a pint in an Irish bar in Bangkok like a stereotypical Paddy, when I got chatting to a fellow Irishman who told me about Thailand GAA(...)

Fjokra performing on stage. ‘At first I was inspired by a mixture of my love for hip hop, my background in classical music, experimental heavy rock music and the electronic music scene in Manchester.’

Fiachra MacOireachtai is a classically-trained musician and composer for film and television, and the frontman for Fjokra, an “unpredictable pop” band(...)

Gavin Lawlor, who has been living in Manama for 16 years, with his wife Dona and their three sons Calum, Oisín and Aidan-Fionn.

Manama in Bahrain has been rated the best city in the world to emigrate to, in a newly published global survey, which ranked Dublin 47th out of 51 cit(...)

More than 500 seasonal workers were hired for the summer season, many of whom were Irish J-1ers like me.

Visiting the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, the Las Vegas strip… a summer spent in the United States on a J-1 summer work and travel visa is con(...)

Craig McMahon (grey cardigan) with his brother Alan (taking the pic), his partner Peter (white jacket) and my partner Simone (black top). ‘After today’s results we’ve set dates for our weddings within a week of each other.’

Parades and parties have been taking place across Australia today as people celebrate the Yes result in a postal survey on marriage equality. The pub(...)

Tiernan Brady with Sydney Mayor Clover Moore in Prince Alfred Park on Wednesday for the marriage equality survey results. Photograph: @Tiernanbrady on Twitter

Former political director with the Irish Yes Equality campaign Tiernan Brady has been in Sydney for the past 20 months, running Australians For&n(...)

Tom Daly with Hon Justice Gérard Niyungeko of the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights and Prof Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen of the Sorbonne, at the third African Judicial Dialogue in Arusha, Tanzania.

Growing up on a farm in the tiny half-parish of Garrienderk in south Co Limerick, I never imagined as an adult I’d find myself post-dinner dancing out(...)

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