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Doireann McMahon: ‘I’ve lived in London for 16 years and I will be voting Labour’

The time is almost here for voters in the UK to have their say on who should form the next government. Among them are the many thousands of Irish citi(...)

Philip Lynch grew up in Finea, Co Westmeath.

I suppose I should’ve known better. But one morning, back in July, my daughter and I walked the short walk to our old house in rural Ireland. I was qu(...)

Sinéad Deevy: ‘It’s been 17 months since our daughter was born and we have not been able to bring her home to Ireland from Spain yet.’

I cried tears of happiness when Sofia was born. I was there for every moment helping my wife Kashka relax through her long labour. Seeing Sofia coming(...)

Jessica Toal: ‘Everyone was so welcoming, warm and hospitable.’

Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, has been ranked the best city in the world to move to for the second year in a row, in a new global study. The Ex(...)

Carmel Breathnach with her Dad: ‘I believed I belonged in America. But I also belonged with Dad, the person who loved me unfailingly.’

Huddled together on the beige couch, my 85-year-old father and I sat with the Irish Edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter agu(...)

Troubled passage: I loved moving home, but the “settling in” bit might warn off other emigrants thinking of returning

Three months ago I wrote an article on Twitter listing the things I loved about returning to Ireland after 30 years in London. It quickly went viral, (...)

Emma Cahill playing the drumms in Salvador, Brazil.

“But … Brazil is so dangerous?” was the most common response I received when I announced I would be moving to the capital city of the carnival country(...)

Fr Anthony Musaala: ‘I am proud to be one of the present day “black Irish” and Ugandan at the same time’

There were not many Africans in Ireland in 1956, the year in which I was born in the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dublin. My par(...)

Hannah Harman Conlon: ‘Losing my mother at such a pivotal age has made me seek similarities between cultures and places, rather than differences.’

I am immune to homesickness. It’s not the pick of the bunch when you think of superpowers. I would rather have the ability to fly or teleport loved on(...)

Dáirine Ní Mheadhra at the Distillery District in Toronto.

I remember exactly where I was when I felt the first pull of homesickness. I was visiting Ireland in October 2013 and staying at the Morrison Hotel in(...)

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