Thursday 19th April 2018
Generation Emigration

America feels shallow after holidays in Ireland When we come home we are surrounded by the places we were born, went to school, remember of old; and people who have known us all our lives, or half our lives, or before we even were, writes Christine Doran
Reflections on a homecoming: ‘The fight has gone out of Irish people’ Visiting emigrants share their impressions of Ireland while home for Christmas and New Year with Ciara Kenny
Coming home and leaving again At this time of year, many emigrants, Irish and otherwise, have spent time at “home” with relatives at great inconvenience and expense to themselves. It is important that family, community and the nation value emigrants, and let them know they are appreciated and remembered no matter where they are, writes Bobby Gilmore.
Tearful goodbyes as emigrants make their way back home after Christmas Irish Times photographer Cyril Byrne visited Dublin Airport today to capture the queues and emotional goodbyes as emigrants made their way back home after the Christmas break.
Have your say: How has Christmas been for you in Ireland? Did you travel back to Ireland this year to spend Christmas with friends and family here? If so, we want to know what you've been enjoying most, and what your impressions of the country have been. Have things changed since your last visit?
The time of year when home seems very far away CIARA KENNY found out how the Irish abroad will spend Christmas this year
‘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.
Beyond Belfast Long lapses between visits home can have sobering consequences, writes Philip Lynch.