How Irish overseas are hastening their return home

Many Irish emigrants are looking to move home

There’s a flow of Irish emigrants house hunting back in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

There’s a flow of Irish emigrants house hunting back in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Overseas Irish returning here to retire isn’t new. But world events may be drawing them home years sooner. Brexit and Trump have driven some to second-guess their second home. A pandemic has brought family ties into sharper focus as well. With work now untethered from place, there’s a flow of Irish emigrants house hunting back here.

Bring them home

Returning emigrants citing world events as their motive to move is something estate agent Shane Flanagan of DNG Flanagan Ford in Sligo is hearing more of. “I have people bidding from Arizona who they say they are unhappy with where America is at the moment, how it is dealing with Covid and Trump’s policies. They want to come back.”

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