Hurling fan David Murphy (left) with his my uncle Pat, dad Michael, wife Cilla and sister Laura, at last year’s Munster SHC semi-final (Tipp v Limerick) in Semple Stadium, Thurles.

With the passing of time, many of us inherit many of our parents’ mannerisms, and enjoyment of things we would never have admitted to in our youth. I (...)

‘No wigs, no fake tan, no gaudy costumes.’

It’s my first day teaching secondary school in Hong Kong, and my class of form ones are sitting perfectly quiet, as only form ones can do. Too nervous(...)

Recruiters in London warned this week that the city is “haemorrhaging talent” as a result of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, with the (...)

Lydia Foster with her husband and daughter in Barcelona.

The people of Spain are in shock after two apparent terrorist attacks on tourist hotspots in Barcelona and Cambrils. A suspected Islamist militant dro(...)

Shannon Murphy (centre back in pink) with the Irish Theatre Players in Perth.

As a make-up artist, I am usually more comfortable behind the scenes than on stage. But two years ago, after six years living in Perth with my Irish h(...)

Shirley Grimes and Clíodhna Ní Aodáin have been living in Switzerland since the 1990s.  Photograph: Daniel Rihs.

I grew up in 1980s Ireland listening to the songs of Paul Brady and Christy Moore, telling stories of Irish emigrants who weren’t all as lucky as I ha(...)

‘Central Park on a summer afternoon is one of life’s simple, great pleasures’. Photograph: Getty Images

Summer in New York City epitomises New York life. If you can tolerate the many discomforts of this city, you will be rewarded for it – but it won’t be(...)

Jennie Ritchie: packing up in Antigua to move back to Ireland

I am sitting at my desk in Antigua in the Caribbean surrounded by quotes, paperwork and packing boxes. The scent of jasmine blossom fills the air. The(...)

Angela Gillette with her husband Mark Gillette and their children Lily (11) and Jackson  (9).

Angela Gillette, originally from Glasnevin in Dublin, has been living in the US for 26 years. After 18 years in California, where she met her American(...)

Lorna with her daughter Róisín and friends in Hyde Park in Sydney: ‘I will always remember what my friends and the wider Irish community have done for me.’

In an ongoing series for Irish Times Abroad, people involved with Irish community groups and organisations worldwide share their own migration story a(...)