Wednesday 21st February 2018
Generation Emigration

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
Riding out the recession in the Middle East Tax-free salaries and a construction boom are attracting Irish workers to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but some struggle with the climate and culture, writes CIARA KENNY
What is the impact on children of having a parent working abroad? A psychology student in Trinity College is looking to interview families with one parent working overseas. Can you help?
Non, je ne regrette rien Wages are low in France, but the food is great, wine is cheap, and we have beaches and ski slopes on our doorstep, writes KAREN O'REILLY
First my uncle left, then my siblings, now my son For generations, Irish families have been saying goodbye to loved ones. But no parent wants to consider the possibility that it might be for good, writes ELAINE HARTIGAN
‘Going was easy. Staying away is much more complicated’ I was a naive young man when I left Ireland in the 1980s, with no idea what was in store for me in Australia. As the years have gone by, saying goodbye after visits home and staying away has felt more poignant and painful, writes Philip Lynch.
‘I doubt I could have had such a fulfilling medical career if I had stayed in Ireland’ I treasure my Irish upbringing, but the sadness of leaving Ireland has been compensated by the benefits of the life I have made for myself as a consultant in the US over the last 43 years, writes Brian Connolly.
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.