Irish societies in Africa are among the oldest in the world. Membership peaked in the post-independence era.

When we arrived in Zambia in 2008, the Wild Geese Society of Lusaka welcomed my husband and I with a ferocity that denied us any opportunity for lonel(...)

Most Zambians are sympathetically disposed towards former president Kenneth Kaunda – the man who led them to independence. Photograph:  Tony Karumba/Getty Images

It was a long way to Tipperary then, and it still is. Even so, when Kenneth Kaunda led Zambia to independence in 1964, it was from Tipperary that h(...)