Grey clouds: the Irish in Australia are facing a recession. Photograph: Joel Carrett/EPA

Many Irish down under aren’t running for the exit, despite a looming recession

Lives Lost: Thomas (Tommy) Smyth died from Covid-19 on April 30th 2020.

Dublin man recovered from TB as a child and took up soccer, Irish dancing and defence training

Francie and Kathleen Marry on their wedding day.  Family members say they looked like Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman

Lives Lost to Covid-19: She made beautiful clothes for family, neighbours and friends

Net overseas migration in Australia is expected to be down 30 per cent this year as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.  Photograph:  James D Morgan/Getty Images

Borders are closed and visa programmes on hold - but there are glimmers of hope

Lives Lost: Caroline Crowley

Lives Lost to Covid-19: Devoted wife, mother and grandmother who ‘would give hours to anyone who would ask for her advice’

John Donegan with his wife Mary. He lived with her  in Ballymun for most of his life.

Lives Lost to Covid-19: Dublin who lost sight in his 20s was devoted to his wife and God

 One of Edna Murphy’s   favourite nights out was to the local bingo hall with a group of nearby neighbours

Lives lost to Covid-19: Mother of six is fondly remembered as an active member of the community in Crumlin

Donal Hurson: Loved the company of his nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, his friends and neighbours

Lives Lost to Covid-19: The Green, Green Grass of Home was his favourite song to sing

 Norman Galway: ‘If you were a friend, you were a friend for life.’

Lives Lost to Covid-19: 'If you were a friend, you were a friend for life'

Gary Cahill, food and beverage director at the Shelbourne, serving coffee in the Lord Mayor’s Lounge. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Times journalists sample the post-lockdown tourism experience

Anne Holohan: ‘We’re a family of four, and no, we won’t be traveling abroad. It’s not worth the risk to ourselves and to everyone around us. It’s not such a sacrifice to holiday in Ireland!’

The Government is unclear about foreign holidays this summer. We asked for your views

Lives Lost: Bill Taylor

Lives lost to Covid-19: At the funeral nobody could hug his wife, who also had the virus

Childcare providers are allowed to reopen from Monday but many are worried how they will manage to operate under new coronavirus measures. Photograph: Getty Images

Childcare services can reopen on Monday – but providers are struggling to cope

‘I will miss the slow pace of lockdown life’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Readers share what they have learned about themselves, and the habits they hope to continue

‘It is very difficult for families who have a loved one that is anxious and doesn’t understand what is going on.’ Photograph: iStock

As some visits restart, readers tell us about seeing loved ones after three months apart

Schools have been using apps such as Seesaw to interact with children.

‘Parents have taken on the roles of teacher, sports coach, friend and childminder’

Black Irish Lives: The Irish Times asked black people and people of colour to share their stories

I can’t breathe: a protester in Manhattan. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

Protests against killing of George Floyd continue in epicentre of Covid-19 pandemic

Maisie Byrne

Lives Lost to Covid-19: ‘At times you’d question if she had dementia she was that sharp’

Children attend class while practising social distancing in  France, May 25th. Photograph: Epa/Ian Langsdon

As school and creches reopen around the world, Irish parents share their experiences

Demonstrators at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty

George Floyd protests: Irish people across the United States describe their experiences

Margaret Cullen  her daughter Aideen Cullen

Lives lost to Covid-19: After stint nursing in Saudi in the 70s she settled in Kildare

Relationships have changed utterly during lockdown. File photograph: Getty Images

Dating online, rediscovering love or loneliness – lockdown has utterly changed relationships

Frank Cullen: A northsider who “emigrated” south of the Liffey with his wife Peg in 1967

Lives Lost to Covid-19: He knew hardship but never let it get in the way of laughter

Roger Doyle’s sons Jack (7) and Ryan (4).

We asked parents how they thought their kids were coping. Here’s what you had to say

The Irish Times asked readers to tell us how they have been affected by cancelled appointments and procedures since the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: iStock

Patients have had appointments and procedures cancelled in the public and private system

Esther Jennings loved dancing, going to the cinema,  watching football and hurling.

Lives lost to Covid-19: An independent woman who was devoted to family

Many people are experiencing prolonged isolation for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Some readers are enjoying the freedom of isolation but others are feeling the strain

Lives lost: some of the people who have died of Covid-19 in Ireland and among the diaspora in recent weeks

The public, private and very full lives of some of those who have died of Covid-19 in recent weeks

Tom Mulholland from Kilkerley, Co Louth, spent every day working the fields and building up his dairy herd.

Lives lost to Covid-19: Farmer lived whole life in Kilkerley and was honorary president of GAA club

Harry O’Callaghan:  “His death was a tragedy as he had so much more life to live”

Lives lost to Covid-19: Although he made a life for his young family in London, he returned to Ireland for all big family occasion(...)

Sheila Geoghegan  loved going to concerts and shows on Broadway while in New York

Lives lost to Covid-19: ‘She would tell us great stories of her travels and the people she met as a flight attendant’

Paddy Davis  would talk to the birds and sit listening to them singing.

Lives lost to Covid-19: ‘It’s heartbreaking, but I believe he’s in heaven with my mam now’

 Mary Harding loved reading about history and current events, and did The Irish Times crossword daily

Lives lost to Covid-19: ‘A frontline worker before they invented the phrase’

Simon Brennan spent the last year of his life raising funds  for research into motor neurone disease.

Living in Wicklow, Kitty Brennan was unable to travel to her son’s funeral in London this week

A  romantic encounter between customers from Germany in 2005. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dublin cafe was beloved for many reasons, from its cherry buns to friendly waitresses

Brian O’Connell (with his wife Pam): ‘We have been very lucky and kept very busy painting - both walls and canvases - and doing online courses.’

Readers share where they went on their first trips out of the house in six weeks or more

The Irish Times children’s isolation art competition: Wild Imagination (centre), the winning entry, by James Moonan; flanked by highly commended entries by Elizabeth McElroy (left) and Áine McPolin (right)

Our overall winner, two runners-up and a wealth of highly commended entries selected by Don Conroy

Women wearing masks  in the Mall of Dubai on  Tuesday. The shopping centre has been reopened as part of moves in the Gulf emirate to ease lockdown restrictions imposed last month to prevent the spread of  Covid-19. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images

Irish people in Spain, Dubai, France, Malaysia and Italy are seeing restrictions eased

Robert Czarny would like to be able to go fishing again.

We asked you what restrictions you would like to see eased. Here’s what you told us

‘What I really missed was the social aspect of drinking.’ Photograph: iStock

Are you consuming more or less? Readers tell us how their habits have changed

Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

We asked readers how they are coping with the lockdown now. Here’s what they had to say

‘I am very concerned about Covid-19 in nursing homes. I find the lack of transparency, regarding the specific location of clusters of Covid-19 in nursing homes, frustrating.’ Photograph: iStock

Relatives of care home patients share their concerns about the spread of the virus

The way we grieve our dead has changed utterly in a matter of weeks. Here, readers share their stories

Covid Stories: Two weeks in, readers over-70 share how they are coping with cocooning

Dorothy Hanley celebrated her 90th birthday in December.

When Dorothy Hanley died suddenly last week, her daughter Elaine was in isolation awaiting a Covid-19 test

Coronavirus front line: healthcare workers at the Covid-19 testing area on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Healthcare workers share their accounts of combating the coronavirus pandemic

Abbie Yambasu and Brian Alcorn at their hastily arranged wedding ahead of the introduction of further restrictions on movement in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid Stories: ‘It was absolute chaos, but we were able to find a sense of peace’

Irish holidaymakers and emigrants are trying to get back to Ireland this week as the number of Covid-19 cases rises. Photograph: iStock

Covid Stories: Irish tourists and emigrants share their experiences of trying to fly home to Ireland

Dame Street lies empty on Thursday, March 19th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Employees and business owners share their experiences of the Covid-19 crisis

A boy gets refreshed at a water fountain in Montpellier in France. Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP

Red warnings issued in France as temperatures set to soar to 45 degrees

With a new team member on board, and news about the referendum on emigrant voting rights

Some Irish people say nothing has changed in how they are treated by British people, others say Brexit has brought racism out of the shadows. Photograph: Getty

We asked Irish people in Britain to write about Brexit. Here are some of the 140 responses

Chester and Marian Raphael on their wedding day, in 1943

Three stories from a century of war, love and adventure around the world

Photograph: Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty

It’s the biggest Irish community abroad, but Brexit and demographics are remaking it

Seán Sorohan:"I know it's sad, but I do get a little thrill pulling out the Irish passport - my whole life I've been telling people I'm Irish with my London accent and now I've got the paper to prove it!"

While some apply ‘just for the passport’, for others, their reasons run deeper

Katie Moore works  for an applied anthropology research organisation with global reach, specialising in sexual and reproductive health in resource-poor environments.

From sex education programmes to business networks, women share their experiences

Jay O’Callaghan, his husband Aaron O’Bryan, and their son Jake with his new Irish passport.

Pair ‘jumped through hoops’ for passport but one father still has no legal rights in Ireland

As a community, the Irish have the highest median age - 53 years - of any immigrant group here in Britain. Photograph: iStock

Travel and healthcare are the biggest concerns among members of 120 Irish organisations

What are the worst - or best, depending on your view - Paddy’s Day t-shirts you’ve ever seen? Photograph: @FXKennedy/Twitter

J Crew apologises for selling t-shirt with six counties missing from map of Ireland

The Irish in Britain organisation said ‘a lot of uncertainty and concern’ remained about what would happen to social welfare payments - particularly pensions - for Irish people living in the UK after Brexit. Photograph: iStock

New agreement protects rights of citizens living and working in each other’s state

Tom Foley and his friend Luke Colebrook heading out in their canoe.

Tom Foley from Co Limerick went out in a canoe as flood waters rose around his home in Townsville

The London Irish Centre opened in Camden in 1955 to meet the needs of newly arrived Irish emigrants.

Premises in Camden to be redeveloped to better serve ‘diverse needs’ of Irish community

Camille O’Sullivan performing at the Irish Embassy in London for St Brigid’s Day in 2018.

Events celebrating female talent to take place from London to Warsaw to Washington

People walk along the lakefront  in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

US cities are in shutdown as record-breaking temperatures plummet lower than South Pole

Nurses on the picket line at James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown on Wednesday. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Some of the 25,000 patients affected by strike action share their views

Ted Felton: ‘Even the smallest provincial town has a half-decent pool. Here’s our six-year-old, Robbie, at the Avoca pool in the Victorian Goldfields, a couple of hours northwest of Melbourne.’

Multi-week heatwave is breaking records with temperatures exceeding 45°C

More than 15,000 people of all nationalities will be granted Australian citizenship on Australia Day this Saturday. Photograph: iStock

Further 455 more to pledge allegiance on Australia Day this Saturday

People who have moved back to live in Ireland in the past three months can avail of up to six counselling sessions with a qualified therapist. Photograph: iStock

‘The decision to return can be very stressful for people; they are uprooting themselves’

Adam Kennedy-Ripon still lives in Prague, but plans to relocate to Ireland this year and bring his new business Surfstr with him.

Back for Business programme supports emigrant entrepreneurs to make connections

Nicola Costello: ‘They say that nursing is a calling but the conditions aren’t reasonable or realistic in Ireland.’

What can the Irish health service do to retain staff? Here’s what emigrant nurses had to say

Most-read stories were about feeling forced to leave, or dreading coming home

Margaret O’Neill, Sydney: ‘We will share what can be a very lonely day together in the company of good friends.’

How the Irish around the world are spending Christmas, from Tasmania to California

Muckross House: built by the Herbert family in the 1840s. The Herberts were related to Queen Victoria.

Gap of Dunloe, a five-star hotel and stunning local sites nearly all to yourself

Ciara Moore, a 32-year-old nurse from Greystones, moved to Sydney in 2015.

Australia’s world-beating economy is competing with buoyant Ireland for Irish talent

‘That first glimpse of Grafton Street with a sea of lights twinkling above your head...’ Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Emigrants share their journeys as they travel back to family and friends in Ireland

Here’s a selection of Christmassy stories about emigrants at home and away

Pakistani women  queue to vote outside a polling station during the general election in Lahore on July 25th, 2018: female participation in elections in Pakistan is among the lowest in the world. Photograph:  Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Behind the times: What countries are still playing catch-up?

Roscommon man John Gunning competed for Ireland in the amateur World Sumo Championships. He’s now an English-language sumo commentator.

Top stories from Irish Times Abroad this week

Ireland is one of 33 countries worldwide that has a reciprocal agreement with Canada to allow young people to live and work there. Photograph: iStock

International Experience Canada 2019 programme is open for 18-35-year-olds

A pilot settled status scheme was due to open this week for health and social care workers and university staff in the UK, before being extended to all EU citizens on March 30th, 2019.  Photograph: iStock

Nursing and Midwifery Council apologises for confusion over email to Irish registrants

Electrician Gary O’Shaughnessy moved to Australia in 2011 with his now wife Rachel: ‘I feel let down my the current Government’s lack for action on these problems faced by returning emigrants.’

Thousands of workers are needed but housing and a possible crash are concerns

The number of Irish people returning to live in Ireland from abroad overtook those emigrating for the first time in nine years this year. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Recruiter seeks to fill hundreds of vacancies in IT, construction, healthcare and finance

James Claffey, his wife Maureen and their daughter Maisie, at their home in Carpinteria, California: “One of my daughter Maisie’s classmates lost her half-brother in the shootings.”

As the state battles raging wildfires, Irish people living there describe the scene

Immigration reform campaigners say they are “cautiously optimistic” about securing a new visa deal between Ireland and the US. Photograph: iStock

A ‘landmark deal’ with US could allow thousands of Irish live and work there

Under a proposed visa deal, Irish citizens would be able to apply for the portion of two-year E3 visas not taken up by Australian citizens, which could amount to around 5,000 visas a year.

Talk of a new visa deal between Ireland and US gives many hope, but some readers have reservations

Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Midterm elections: Readers in the US share their opinions as America goes to the polls

President incumbent Michael D Higgins received 77 per cent of the first preference ‘virtual votes’ in an Irish Times Abroad online poll of Irish people living overseas this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Irish Times Abroad ‘virtual vote’ shows 90% for Yes in blasphemy referendum

Morgan Fagg, Madrid: ‘I’m taking a day off work, spending €123 on Ryanair flights, €80 on Hertz rental, and all the additional costs of travelling home, but keeping the poet in my opinion, is priceless.’

Time limits, expense and apathy keep Irish abroad away from presidential election and referendum

Are you coming #hometovote this week?

Or are you living away, frustrated that you can’t have a say? We want to hear from you

Senator Billy Lawless: ‘Emigrants have always been in forefront in the fight for equality and democracy in Ireland and now it is our time. We have been denied the vote for far too long.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Senator Billy Lawless calls on Irish abroad to rally ahead of emigrant vote referendum in 2019

Irish Times Abroad has built a bespoke ‘virtual voting tool’ to offer its disenfranchised readers living overseas a say in elections and referendums.

Irish Times Abroad is conducting a ‘virtual vote’ for emigrants. Here’s how to participate

Patrick Conway: ‘I didn’t have a lick of Korean before I landed here in March 2007.’

Learning new languages has opened up a world of opportunity for these Irish abroad

‘A very pleasant female Garda advised me to run on a treadmill instead, saying “You’re asking for trouble if you run in the city”. I haven’t run in the city since.’ Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Is harassment of female runners ‘endemic’? Readers share their experiences

Seamus Walsh with his family in Melbourne: ‘For 34 hours of care per fortnight we pay AUD$377 which is subsidised 50 per cent by the government, so we are out of pocket AUD$188 (€116 euro) or about $5.50 per hour.’

Readers overseas on €1 afterschool care in Belgium, to 50% subsidies in Australia

‘I know so many talented, hard working, smart women for whom high mortgages and long commutes have meant that childcare costs were the straw that broke the camel’s back, and they have decided to stay at home.’ Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Readers respond to report showing Irish women are being shut out of the workplace

The buzz is back on Grafton Street. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images

For the first time in a decade, more Irish are returning from abroad than are emigrating

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: the people behind the immigration  figures he has welcomed face real problems of finance, career progress and accommodation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Good news on returning Irish emigrants overshadowed by obstacles they encounter

Emigration is also at its lowest since 2008. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Almost 50,000 people with a third-level qualification arrived last year

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