Mairead McDonough speaks about crying her way through Dublin Airport with a one-way ticket to Australia.

The top stories from Irish Abroad this week

US vice president Mike Pence (L) beside Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (R) after making a press statement after their talks at Famleigh House in Phoenix Park, Dublin this week. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

The top stories from Irish Times Abroad this week

Rachel Flaherty: My sleep and energy levels have improved since easing off on the calories before bed

My weight-loss journey: Acknowledging an old habit has helped me return to my new healthy normal

Claire Morrissey running the 101km Eiger Ultra Trail in Switzerland last July.

‘If you don’t have the mental strength you’ll just want to sit down on the ground and cry’

‘When people ask me how I’m settling in, I’ve finally found an answer that will satisfy them and myself. I tell them “it’s great and it’s hard”.’

Top stories from Irish Times Abroad this week

Waiting at arrivals at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Citizens Information aims to help Irish emigrants with driving licences, tax, passports and more

Luke Prendergast: ‘I have yet to meet a single British person who has made me feel anyway unwelcome’

We asked readers in Britain if they had encountered anti-Irishness. Never, said some. Yes, said others

Top stories from Irish Times Abroad this week

Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Photograph: iStock

‘It was immensely daunting ... but moving abroad was hands down the best decision I ever made’

Rachel Flaherty on the top of Galtymore in the heavy rain and strong winds last weekend

On a tortuous hike I learned the importance of being present in the here and now

The gap of Dunloe in Killarney, Co Kerry.

The top stories from Irish Times Abroad this week

Jeffrey Ryan Gravley from Mid-Atlantic in action against Chad Nelson (left) and John Kenney of Heartland in their Hurling Native Born tournament game this week.  Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The top stories from Irish Abroad this week

Lisa Loughnane of Australasia in action against Emma Carroll, left, and Eimear Clarke of Middle East in the Renault GAA World Games Camogie Irish Cup.  Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Finals between eight teams in hurling, camogie and football under way in Croke Park

Rachel Flaherty: ‘My goal is to focus on the here and now, take time to figure out what caused me to self-sabotage so I can be prepared for it the next time.’

Self-sabotage was a strange comfort zone but I’m glad I’m tackling it

Lisa McNamee: A rose crown was placed on the bride’s head, and she was seated in the centre of a large circle.

‘The bride can be stolen and held for ransom ... the Irish bridesmaids kept a close watch’

Alexandra Burke says The Bodyguard has been the hardest show of all the musicals she has done.

The Bodyguard: Even if you’re not fan of Whitney, you can’t beat her songs

Britain’s new prime minister Boris Johnson  outside Number 10 in Downing Street,  London. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The top stories in Irish Times Abroad this week

Boris Johnson leaves the Conservative Party headquarters after being announced as the party’s new leader. Photograph: Neil Hall/ EPA

‘Boris Johnson is a genius ... it is we who are the fools now’- readers react to new Tory leader

Keith and Keran Byrne.

The top stories in Irish Times Abroad this week

US president Donald Trump said: ‘People come into our country illegally, we’re taking them out legally – very simple’.  Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US immigration officials begin a sweep on thousands of undocumented immigrants

Ben Kelly (L) and Alan Flanagan (R)are members of the Vica campaign ahead of he emigrant vote referendum. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Emigrant vote: Campaigners for Yes meet with TDs and Senators ahead of referendum

 Alan Flanagan (L) and Ben Kelly (R) speaking at the launch of the Vica campaign ahead of the emigration vote referendum. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Top stories from Irish Times abroad this week

Conor McGregor was ranked 65 in the annual Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Photograph: PA Wire

Singer Taylor Swift shakes off Kardashian clan as highest-paid celebrity

Anti-extradition bill protesters wearing helmets gather outside the Legislative Council building on the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China in Hong Kong. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

A group of protesters stormed Hong Kong’s legislature on the 22nd anniversary of city’s return to China

A boy cools down  a fountain in Berlin, Germany during the heatwave. Photogtaph: Kay Nietfeld/dpa/AP

Irish people around the world share their stories on the heatwave, protests and the upcoming voting referendum

As someone who whinges through the first 1km of a run, I’m totally in awe of the runners who take part in the gruelling 171km Ultr(...)

Ciarán Staunton of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform in the US said the bill giving undocumented Irish the right to get a driver’s licence was ‘fantastic news’.

‘This is fantastic news for the Irish here ... it will make a big difference in their day to day lives’

Rachel Flaherty: ‘From being someone whose body ached from excess weight and being sedentary to feeling my body surge with strength is brilliant and I’m grateful.’

Rachel Flaherty: It was so tempting to use my injury as an excuse to do nothing

Sr Moira Keane, who has been working with Irish prisoners  as part of the Irish Chaplaincy, is the 2019 winner of Irish in Britain’s Individual Volunteer award.

Irish in Britain awards highlight the work of Irish volunteers in communities

Yes, move more and eat less is the simple answer to losing weight –  but it can be much more complex than that. Focusing on my mindset has been key to me

Rachel Flaherty: Without a target or goal, it is easy to drift away from healthier habits

Garda dog Lazar after finding carjacking suspect in a ditch in Co Cork. Photograph: An Garda Síochana

Man allegedly threatens woman with knife while her car was stopped at traffic lights

Sorting votes at the Dublin count centre for European election at the RDS. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar refuses to rule out early general election while Green wave sweeps through locals

Rachel Flaherty taking part in the workout by the main stage at Wellfest in Dublin.

Rachel Flaherty: I thought I couldn’t be bothered with a wellness festival – then something clicked

Gardaí have made a fresh appeal for help to find missing 13-year-old Chantelle Doyle, who was last seen in Dublin city centre last Sunday.

The teenager from Co Kildare was last seen on O’Connell Street in Dublin

Rachel Flaherty hiking along Lough Tay in the Wicklow Mountains in Co Wicklow.

Rachel Flaherty: Letting go of clothes that no longer fit me, that made me feel bad about myself, was exhilarating

Rachel Flaherty in New York City. ‘I’m still overweight but bit by bit, I’m chipping away at changing behaviours that don’t benefit me.’

Rachel Flaherty: Allowing myself to make mistakes along the way has brought me inner peace

Rachel Flaherty hiking up to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar during her military fitness bootcamp.

Rachel Flaherty: Military fitness week focused on reaching small goals and building confidence

Rachel Flaherty: ‘As I set off for the second half of the walk the sun came out and the views across Dublin Bay were spectacular.’

Rachel Flaherty: Finishing a task that I had put off for years was overwhelmingly satisfying

Rachel Flaherty in Gloucester St Gym with trainer Elaine Hurley. Photograph: Alan Betson

The changing room is another part of the workout as I shower with lightning speed

Rachel Flaherty: ‘Rewards for reaching goals are now embracing new experiences I would have previously shied away from’

Rachel Flaherty: It never worked, but I was attached to all-or-nothing dieting

Rachel Flaherty: ‘I learned a new appreciation for my body and how resilient it is.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

How journaling gave me back a feeling of being in control of my body and mind

A year after Rachel Flaherty realised her relationship with food and fitness had to change, she finds herself on the mountain top

Rachel Flaherty  enjoying her newfound love of running. Photograph: Neil Coles

Rachel Flaherty: It feels alien to yearn for an exercise I’ve thought of as a form of torture for so long

Rachel Flaherty on a run

Rachel Flaherty: You don’t need the perfect plan to lose weight – you just need to keep going

Firefighters from the Wicklow County Fire service at the scene. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Commuters have been asked to avoid the area on the Main Street

 Garda Forensic experts at the scene of the shooting at Mizzoni’s Pizza in Edenmore in Dublin. Photograph:  Collins

Gardaí arrest two men, aged 44 and 18, following the incident

Yellow vest protesters confront gardaí at a KBC bank Irish headquarters on Sandwith Street,  Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: RollingNews

Three attacks on KBC offices in less than 48 hours amid Roscommon eviction controversy

A 24-year-old man has died after a road crash involving two cars in Co Meath on Friday night. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Woman is left seriously injured following separate road incident in the county

Rachel Flaherty: “Christmas was the one time of the year I told my mind to stop tormenting myself over my failure with good eating habits.”

Giving myself a break, letting go of the shame and guilt contributed to my weight-loss

Rachel Flaherty: “I’ve often wondered if am I the only person in Ireland not to have run a 5km race?”

I have spent months telling myself I don’t have a body built for running. No more

Gardaí have issued a Child Rescue Alert (CRI) for Jake Jordan (3) who was taken from his home Co Wexford early on Monday.

Man arrested after child was taken from his home in Wexford in the early hours of Monday morning

Robert Sheehan was shot a number of times in the carpark of Bunratty Castle Hotel,  Co Clare in 2012. Photograph: Garda Press Office

‘The smallest piece of information could help close this case and bring justice to the family’

One of the challenges of weight-loss is not to overreact when things don’t go to plan

I've spent enough time feeling guilty about food now I want to form new habits

Rachel Flaherty at Zipit Forest Adventures in Tibradden Wood  in the Dublin Mountains: “It was an intense workout, but I didn’t think about that while I was doing it.”

Zip lining challenge a test of bravery that gave me great sense of achievement afterwards

People march through Tipperary town to protest neglect of the area.

March organiser says 22 retail outlets empty in town which has become an unemployment ‘blackspot’

Rachel Flaherty attending a wedding recently. “Over the months it became easier to recognise the difference between cravings and genuine hunger. I gained confidence in listening to my own body.”

It was just over a year ago I weighed myself and I was five stone overweight

My first rock climb proved terrifying and exhilarating in equal measure

Some of the  workouts took place on the beach.

Rachel Flaherty: I was incredibly anxious on my first fitness holiday. Would I hold others back?

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 17: Garda police officers patrol the streets of Dublin ahead of the arrival of the Queen on May 17, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. The visit by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to the Republic of Ireland is the first by a British monarch for 100 years. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Motorcyclist (40s) killed on N24 in Tipperary; pedestrian (38) killed outside Tullamore

Festival-goers at  Electric Picnic at the campsites in Stradbally.Photograph: Dave Meehan/ Irish Times

Many areas dry at first but rain in west will spread to the east coast by evening

Southbound carriageway reopens between J4 and J5 in Dublin

Rachel Flaherty at Lake Muskry in the Galtee Mountains, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Neil Coles

I’ve been the same weight for 120 days and I’m frustrated. Time for a mindset change

President Michael D Higgins has urged Irish people to call for policies that will help bring an end to poverty and violence. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President marks World Humanitarian Day by urging Irish people to support policies to help bring an end to poverty and violence

Mourne Mountain Rescue Team found the injured teenager on steep ground in Slieve Bearnagh. Photograph: Mourne Mountain Rescue Team

A rescue team of 17 people treats the teenager on a steep slope on Slieve Bearnagh

Campaigners and renters have said  rules are not being properly enforced. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Residential Landlords Association says Daft exaggerating rental increases

My relationship with food became warped when I went on my first ‘proper diet’. At 5st overweight, I realised my mindset had to cha(...)

Patrick Holland (57) was last seen at his home on Pearse Street in Dublin 2 early on bank holiday Monday.

Patrick Holland was last seen at his home in Pearse Street on bank holiday Monday

Rachel Garland (29) was last seen in Dublin city centre on Saturday morning.

Rachel Garland was last seen in Dublin city centre on Saturday morning

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meeting with British prime minister Theresa May in June. Photograph: Yves Herman/Pool/AP

Taoiseach says he looks forward to seeing detailed proposals for future future EU-UK relationship

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland also recalls pestos over salmonella concerns

A group heading for Dalkey Island at Coliemore Harbour last weekend.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Biggest increase in visitors from North America and Europe

Three men and one woman, all aged in their 20s, were arrested at a house in Carlow town

‘I hope the people of Ireland will remember the fate of our daughter on the day of the referendum’

The road was closed on Saturday morning to allow an examination of the scene by Garda forensic investigators. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The 18-year-old died after the car he was driving collided with a second vehicle

Swans gathered in the rain at Dublin’s Portobello bridge. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Heavy rain and strong winds set to hit on Sunday evening and weather alerts in place

Police in Northern Ireland believe the  drugs seizure may be one of largest ever hauls of herbal cannabis in the jurisdiction.  File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Co Down drugs haul may be one of Northern Ireland’s largest seizures, says PSNI

Fourteen-year-old Elisha was last seen at about 10.15pm on St Patrick’s night on Dillon Bridge in Carrick-on-Suir, heading towards the Carrickbeg area on the Co Waterford side of the town

Body of 14-year-old girl found on Sunday in River Suir

Are you Ireland’s newest multi-millionaire? Co Cork residents hopeful winner is local

Minister for Transport Shane Ross is demanding that the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill be progressed. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘The AG is correct to describe the Bill as a complete dog’s dinner. The reason it’s a dog’s dinner is because the chef is Shane Ro(...)

Comedy show Father Ted ran between 1995 and 1998.

Events include Priest’s Dance Off, The Lovely Girls competition and Ted’s Got Talent

Inch beach in Co Kerry.

The travel site users voted beaches in counties Kerry, Cork, Donegal, Galway and Sligo as the best

Rock of Cashel  surrounded by fields covered with snow on Sunday. Photograph: Joe Boland

Monday morning commuters warned to leave extra time as temperatures drop

Evelyn Cribbons from Dunshaughlin with Jenny Copeland from Drumree , Co Meath on the slopes at the Hill of Tara enjoying the recent country wide snow fall. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Met Éireann warns of frost and ice on roads and footpaths as temperatures drop to -5

 U2 perform at Croke Park, Dublin in 2017. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Fans enraged as tickets appear on resale sites for hundreds and thousands of euro

Musicians Bono (L) and The Edge of music group U2 speak onstage during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The Irish band will play in the 3Arena and SSE Arena this October and November

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal stabbing of Reece Cullen (inset) at Kilclare Crescent, Jobstown, Dublin in January 2017. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The 16-year-old died after being stabbed a number of times in Tallaght on January 2017

Michael McDonagh was last seen on Monday, January 15th.

Michael McDonagh was last seen in Newbridge, Co Kildare on Monday

Donkeys covered in snow near Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/Photopress

‘Fast moving’ Atlantic depression brings increased flooding risk and gusts of 110km/h

Rachel Flaherty on her fitness holiday in the Algarve, Portugal

A fitness holiday in the Algarve – how can it be relaxing if I’m working out every day?

A pedestrian braving the weather on the flooded Salthill Promenade during Storm Eleanor on January 2nd, 2018. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Snow and thunder forecast for next week as weather set to turn much colder

Cousins Bertie Keane and Sophie Keane playing on a trampoline in the snow in the Rahoon area in Galway earlier this month. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The warmer than average weather is set to come to an end after the weekend

Ireland’s advertising watchdog ruled two Eir adverts breached standards. Photograph: Maxwells

Watchog also upholds complaint over promotion of company’s broadband speeds

The heaviest snowfalls are forecast over  counties in Connacht and in Ulster. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Road users warned over black ice as ‘polar low’ set to sweep across country on Friday

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar shows his decorative socks to British prime minister Theresa May (second right) during a round table meeting at an EU summit in  Sweden on Friday. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Howlin says editorial in UK edition of Sun is ‘jingoistic, ignorant, bullying and ageist’

Gardaí preserve the scene at Shancastle Park in the Clondalkin area following a shooting on Friday night. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

A total of three people were injured in three separate shooting incidents over the weekend

The LPT automatically returns to the base rate each year and the current regime is based on house valuations from May 2013. Photograph: Getty

The tax automatically returns to the base rate each year of 0.18% of the house price

A rainfall radar image from Met Éireann at 1pm on Sunday showing rain clouds sweeping across the country.  Photograph: Met Éireann

Met Éireann issues weather alert for 19 counties and warns of flooding risk

The single-car crash took place on  Drynam Road at about 2am on August 19th. Photograph: Google Maps

Two other men suffer minor injuries in Saturday morning crash

Eimear Byrne (left) and Emma Kelly (right) with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Chicago. Photograph: Emma Kelly/Twitter

20-year-old from Dublin seated Taoiseach at ‘tiny table’

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