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Philip Lynch: ‘Soon, at last, it will be time to experience summer in Ireland.’

As we edge deeper into Tasmania’s winter, misty mornings, scant sunshine and darkness by five o’clock are the norm. I’m now starting to get excited ab(...)

Lara O’Brien with her daughter  Francesca: ‘I weigh up my excitement and creeping fears.’

I’ve been thinking about Dublin recently. Dublin, Ireland, home. I took a four-month trip to the US in 1994 when I got the Morrison visa, and stayed (...)

‘East London is a creative hub, full of people like me. When I moved here it felt as though I’d found my tribe.’

I decided to move to London 11 years ago. It was before the recession, the boom was in full swing. I had graduated from drama school in Ireland, was w(...)

Pilar Alderete Diez has lived in Galway since 2003.

It is always easy to point out differences when you are in a foreign country. Everything you experience and encounter is part of the culture, and as a(...)

Philip Lynch: “A few months ago, after years of listening to CDs, I finally got around to buying a second-hand record player”

Here in Tasmania where vast tracts of our fragile wilderness have been razed by this summer’s devastating bushfires, rainfall is still a stingy affair(...)

‘The constant conversations about Brexit and the backstop, forcing me to feel more Irish than ever, have turned me into an unwilling history teacher.’ Photograph: Tom Andrews

I am, amongst other things, a Londoner. I am also Irish. I have never before felt a conflict between these two. My identity, as an emigrant, has alwa(...)

‘Is it easy to move back? It’s different for everyone and it really is a mixture of luck and circumstance, effort and need, and we’ve had our own challenges and our own rewards in this year and a half.’

At 8.20am we leave the house to walk to school. I’m still processing the question my daughter asked me the night before: “Mummy do you feel settled he(...)

Peter Flanagan: ‘I generally find being Irish an advantage performing stand-up in the UK; for better or worse, English people have been conditioned to laugh at the Irish accent.’

“Ireland has ruined Brexit, sorry about that.” My routine about Brexit and Ireland’s role in it had been going down so well in central London, but on (...)

JJ Keaney with his son in Madrid, where he has lived since 2007.

In 2006 I left a well-paid and secure job with Intel Ireland to go travelling. In India, I met a Spanish girl and moved to Madrid to be with her. It w(...)

50 people were killed, and dozens are still injured in hospital after a gunman opened fire on two Christchurch mosques on Friday. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

“ So times were pleasant for the people there until finally one, a fiend out of hell, began to work his evil in the world...” - From the translation o(...)

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