Sunday 18th February 2018
Generation Emigration

One last family Christmas in the Caribbean Our family faced bereavements, redundancy and cancer diagnosis this year. After a challenging 12 months, we're taking our teenagers for one last family Christmas in Martinique rather than making the trek back from Brussels to Dublin, writes Des Collins
How the pinch steals Christmas New technologies and cheap flights mean young emigrants are more connected with home at Christmas than their counterparts in the 1980s, but that doesn't necessarily make things easier for those who are reluctantly living abroad, or for those left behind, writes Alan Keane
President’s Christmas message to ‘all the Irish at home and abroad’ VIDEO: In his Christmas message today, President Michael D Higgins recognised the difficulties faced by families because of rising unemployment and emigration, but said Ireland is defined by its people and not its economic hardship.
Spending Christmas in Ireland or abroad? BBQ on Bondi or roast turkey dinner with mammy in Monaghan? What are you looking forward to about Christmas, or what will you miss most? We're looking for readers to share their plans for the festive season with us here on the blog.
Emigrant suitcases, five-star chefs, US visas and the Pogues This week's round-up of stories about emigration and the Irish abroad.
Thanksgiving: The Grinch who won’t steal my Irish Christmas I am thankful for the festivities the Thanksgiving week brings here in the US, but I will be making my relatives do the turkey thing all over again five weeks from now for a very Irish Christmas celebration, writes Carole Coleman.
“I want to find a way to be a 52-week daddy again” James Taplin’s daughter Cara was seven months old when he moved back to Dubai. Going back to work there was easy – leaving his family here was heartbreaking, he told CIARA KENNY.
The visiting emigrant’s impression: ‘People weren’t splashing the cash’ Thousands of Irish people living overseas made their way back to Ireland for Christmas. Ciara Kenny spoke to emigrants new and old to see what they thought of the country while here.