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‘I wanted my professional and sporting careers to not alone continue in Ireland, but flourish; after all, I was coming back to my homeland.’

While living in Australia, I followed the news from Ireland closely. In 2015 and 2016, Enda Kenny repeatedly pleaded with the Irish abroad to bring th(...)

A candlelight vigil for victims of the shooting was held in Parkland on Thursday. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

On the 45th day of this year, the 18th US school shooting occurred. This time in Parkland, Florida. This averages out to about one school shooting eve(...)

Louise Ivory and her husband Matthew Hartwig: ‘If you love someone that much you would do anything, you would cross many rivers and many oceans.’

When Louise Ivory lost her job in 2008, she started playing Mafia Wars online as a way to fill her time. Little did she know it would lead to long-dis(...)

‘Dublin is a home I once owned, but someone has bought it and redecorated and I, thinking I know my way about, keep banging my knees.’

The building I work in is in the centre of Oslo, a short walk from the Royal Palace. It was built in the 1930s, an optimistic time for the young Norwe(...)

John O’Brien (right) with his father Derry, who died in Cork in January.

I’m finally through security in Glasgow Airport en route to Cork, and I noticed I’ve a few missed calls from my mother. We’ve been calling and missing(...)

Lisa Tierney-Keogh: ‘I have encountered more opportunity, more chances to pursue my dreams in the US than I’ve had anywhere else I’ve travelled to.’ Photograph: Maribel de la Torre

The final line of the US national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, goes “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”. There is an intense pr(...)

This week will be the 48th staging of the annual World Economic Forum, with 3,000 participants coming together under the theme 'Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World'.

Working Abroad Q&A: Each week, Irish Times Abroad meets an Irish person working in an interesting job overseas. This week, David Connolly explains(...)

Dolores O’Riordan (pictured performing in New Jersey in 1996) died in London on January 15th at the age of 46. Photograph: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

“If you, if you could return Don’t let it burn Don’t let it fade…” For many Irish now in their 30s and 40s, The Cranberries’ Linger was the trac(...)

US president Donald Trump  ignited outrage last week by referring to African and Haitian immigrants as coming from ‘sh**hole countries’. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Carmel Stelzner: ‘Trump’s assertion that Norwegians would be desirable immigrants didn’t land as a huge complement here’ Reports of Donald Trump’s da(...)

‘There is a real and urgent problem here that is escalating. It runs so deep it’s inescapable. It’s in schools, at the voting booth, in housing, in police stations, on the streets, in the White House… nowhere is exempt from the insidious racism that keeps millions of Americans from living full and free lives.’

Dr Maya Angelou once said, “When people show you who they are, believe them”. On Thursday, we were shown something, and we ought to sit up and pay att(...)

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