Emigrant Voices

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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(...)

Emma Power with her three children during the lockdown in New Zealand.

After 52 days of lockdown with my three children and husband, we were told that New Zealand was winning the battle against coronavirus. In the Bay of (...)

Fiona Cooney: ‘The Vancouver I fell in love with looks a little different these days’

I left Dublin and moved to Vancouver in Canada three years ago. After a brief period of adjustment I began to fall in love with this city. Whether I’m(...)

Leslie Thompson and her daughter Sali at their house in Phoenix, Arizona

Leslie Thompson, originally from Dublin, lives in Phoenix, Arizona working as a program manager with Intel. When did you leave Irelan(...)

Yvonne Watterson: ‘From where I sit in paradise, the truth is that I miss who we used to be.’

Having now spent most of every day for 60 days in a beautiful house that is not yet home, this quarantine has me in its grip, a relentless barrage of (...)

Homemade paneer and chard with easy flatbreads and yoghurt

I tell the time by meals now. Like many people, I have stopped wearing a watch. There seemed very little point in observing how slowly time was passin(...)

Dubliner Eamonn Cronnolly on a walk around Lake Immala in Finland: ‘I came here with only a cabin bag’.

My wife and I walk by Lake Immala in Finland, which is large enough to have a sandy beach and stretches to the Russian border. The silence is broken o(...)

Jennifer O’Connell with her partner: ‘Our families were ready and waiting on Zoom with cakes, bubbly and banners to celebrate with us.’

Jennifer O’Connell, from Meelick, Co Clare, lives in Singapore with her partner. Seven weeks after moving to Singapore with my partner, we found our(...)

The minimum entry requirement for apprenticeships  – managed through the State training agency Solas  – is for a a learner to have achieved the Junior Cert/Junior Cycle. Photograph: iStock

My son in third year has always wanted to be an electrician and is determined to leave school before the Leaving Cert and start an apprenticeship. Giv(...)

Yvonne Cassidy at the beach at Fire Island, New York last summer.

I started to write this piece before, a few weeks ago. I was then writing about what it was like to be quarantined in New York, what the city felt lik(...)

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