Emigrant Voices

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Katie Ryan at an ancient Stupa in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

I’m 30 years old, jobless and all my future plans are currently on hold. I’ve travelled 13 countries in the last few years and now I’m back in Ireland(...)

Matt Torney in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

When I read the news about Ahmaud Arbery being shot dead while jogging on a street in Georgia, it reminded me of my childhood in Belfast during the Tr(...)

Dubliner Maeve Hoban-Logan explains why she didn’t return to Ireland during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Before the full lockdown was put in place, my mother asked me if I’d come home for it. This concept of “home” is something that is slightly different (...)

Bernard William Mackey in Tiananmen Square, Beijing.

Bernard William Mackey grew up in north Tipperary. Born in South Africa, he moved to Ireland with his family at the age of three. He now liv(...)

 Protesters march down 5th avenue  on June 10th in New York City. Photograph: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

There are no racists in the United States. I immigrated here 27 years ago, and I have never met anyone who would call themselves a racist. And yet&nbs(...)

Katie Fallon lived in London and worried about returning to her family in Galway as the coronavirus crisis worsened.

There is something unique about being part of a generation of Irish emigrants who are known more for coming home than we are for leaving. It’s been tw(...)

Oscar Brophy is from Ballyheigue in Co Kerry. He has lived in Bratislava, Slovakia since 2016 and works as an English teacher and stand-up comedian

Oscar Brophy is from Ballyheigue, Co Kerry. He has lived in Bratislava, Slovakia since 2016. He lives there with his partner Hanka and their baby Mišk(...)

Mícheál O’Rourke with his partner Leah McCullough in Toronto.

Mícheál O’Rourke, from Co Armagh, lives in Toronto, in Canada, where he is a mental-health clinician on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic. The(...)

Jack Ryan: 'The vast majority of Swedes are following the recommendations for social distancing'

Jack Ryan, from Ratoath in Co Meath, lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his partner Niklas. He runs coffee roastery Muttley & Jack’s. While muc(...)

Séamus Keane holding an exercise class on his roof in Manhattan.

Séamus Keane, from Louisburgh, Co Mayo, lives in Manhattan and is fitness trainer. What has the mood been like in New York during the pandemic? At th(...)

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