The concept of ‘migratory mourning’ is emerging in modern psychology,   a clinical name for nostalgia and homesickness felt by emigrants and their family and friends left behind. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

There is something unnerving when you watch a grown man cry. He was in his mid-50s, dressed in overalls and work boots, and spoke to me through the ki(...)

Ceire Sadlier: ‘For a place where departing and returning emigrants flux daily in their thousands, Ireland makes it surprisingly difficult to slot out of the bureaucracy of life.’

Today was the first time I was tempted to re-emigrate when I realised I had my dress tucked into my knickers for about two hours at work. I have been (...)

JP O’Malley: ‘My hope, with this new event, is to bring the Irish expatriate community together for a regular night of culture and conversation.’

I interviewed the Irish novelist and journalist Colm Tóibín a few years ago about a book of essays he had just published, New Ways To Kill Your Mot(...)

Director of  Irish Community Care Merseyside Breege McDaid with Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall in Liverpool. Photograph: ICCM

A reminder of the pivotal importance of groups working with Irish immigrants in Britain was provided at “Ceiliúradh airgid agus óir”, a celebration(...)

‘Appreciating the unique beauty of winter is a precursor to falling in love with your little corner of this great big country.’

Did you manage to snap up one of the Canadian working holiday visas issued in April? Have you found a job in mining or construction on the Prairies(...)

Destination Canada, the first in a new series of  guides for people starting out in a new country, is already online.

Generation Emigration is three years old. It began in October 2011 as a response by The Irish Times to the exodus of 80,000 people from Ireland that y(...)

Rachel Healy: "Most of us have completely changed our lifestyles here: working out, eating well, skipping the pub every other weekend in lieu of dinner and a walk on the beach . . ."

Why did you decide to leave Ireland? I left in June 2009, soon after finishing up producing in TV. My then-boyfriend and now-fiancé Simon and I wante(...)

Vera Keogh: "We chose Bowen Island because it's only 20 minutes from Vancouver yet oozes natural beauty, in the form of forests and nature trails, and we are surrounded by the sea."

Why did you decide to emigrate? We left Ireland in June 2011 when my husband accepted a job offer in the mining industry here. My husband, myself and(...)

Dr Alan Duffy, observing distant galaxies with Parkes Radio Telescope, New South Wales, Australia

I grew up in Co Antrim. My parents were divorced, so in the car travelling between their houses I’d always have my face up against the glass, staring (...)

‘Part of my work was to run a Great Koala Count, using a smartphone app that allows people to record where they see koalas.’

I was born a wildlife ecologist. Before I even know what the word meant I was sure I wanted to work with wildlife around the world. This passion was c(...)