Ciarán Cannon, Minister of State for Diaspora: ‘As it moves from generation to generation that sense of Irishness begins to become diluted. If we allow that to happen, then we have a problem.’  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Before Ciarán Cannon was appointed Minister of State for Diaspora 13 months ago, he admits he was only “vaguely aware” of the Government’s policy on d(...)

More than 300 Irish-trained doctors have obtained working visas for Australia in the past year. A new research project from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland aims to find out why. Photograph: iStock

In the past year, more than 300 Irish-trained doctors have obtained working visas for Australia. “Doctor emigration on this scale is unsustainable and(...)

‘This is a gig, but this isn’t a gig’: Ed Sheeran introduces the night to an audience of 400 at the London Irish Centre in Camden on Tuesday.

In a green-lit building in the well-to-do end of Camden, the ladies toilet says “Cailíní”, the gents says “Buachaillí”. We’re most certainly in the Lo(...)

Ed Sheeran concert in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on May 16th. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

London’s Irish community get chance to see what Ed Sheeran is made of when he takes to the stage at the London Irish Centre in Camden on Tuesday. “My(...)

Suzanne Conway writes about London Irish United for Life which is organising the #HometoVoteNo campaign.

Are you a member of the Irish Times Abroad Network? In advance of the upcoming referendum on May 25th, we will be seeking readers’ views on the Eighth(...)

Veronica Power, Finnie Savage, Margaret Lanergan

Nestled in the midst of Lower Boston Road in Hanwell west London, the William Hobbayne centre has become a “home away from home” for the older Irish c(...)

Caitriona Carney (third from left) with friends at the London Irish Centre in Camden.

Many Irish emigrants like me will be returning home to Ireland for Christmas to celebrate with our family and friends. But for some clients at the Lon(...)

Mary Hickman (left) and Dean Duke of Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad with Cara Sanquist of the London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign at a recent meeting in London.  Photograph: Benoît Grogan-Avignon

Emigration today is different from how it was in the past. It is far more fluid, and people are no longer isolated from Ireland when they leave, no ma(...)

Irish  film and TV  director Lorcan Fox with Made in Chelsea cast member Binky Felstead

Lorcan Fox is a fim and TV director. He works on a TV show called Sam Delaney’s News Thing. For the past 18 months Fox has been making the online news(...)

‘Forgotten Irish’ will be remembered with a plaque unveiling ceremony at the Camden Irish Centre in London  performed by the Irish ambassador to Britain Dan Mulhall.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In the grim 1950s, 40,000 people left Ireland every year to emigrate to Britain. They built the roads and repaired the bombed out buildings of post-(...)

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