Emigrant Voices

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Ted Felton: ‘Even the smallest provincial town has a half-decent pool. Here’s our six-year-old, Robbie, at the Avoca pool in the Victorian Goldfields, a couple of hours northwest of Melbourne.’

South Australia was one of the hottest places on Earth this week, with record-breaking temperatures approaching 50°C in some parts. Around 200,000 peo(...)

‘Fuzzy memories of summer holidays spent in Connemara come back to me when I think of the lingering whiff from smoky fires of locally hand-cut sods.’

The turf arrived at our door one Saturday afternoon last January. By turf, I mean the rough-cut sods of peat that burn pungently and cosily in an Iris(...)

Beachgoers cool off at Bronte Beach in Sydney as heatwave conditions swept across the state last week. Photograph: Joel Carrett/EPA

We are greeted this January morning with the familiar smell of acrid smoke everywhere outside. We’ve become used to the thrumming sounds of waterbombi(...)

Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

In the play The Great Post-Recession Work of Art, the inhabitants of a world where production has ceased hunt rats, fetishize a tin of peas, and final(...)

Beto O’Rourke is fourth-generation Irish. His mother was the stepdaughter of Fred Korth, the secretary of the Navy under John F Kennedy. Photograph:   Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

My parents met in Toronto after emigrating from Ireland, and I am a first generation Canadian. I’ve always loved politics, but was especially intrigue(...)

‘While Facetime and Skype make the distance a bit more bearable, my baby having one-dimensional grandparents just doesn’t feel right.’

In September 2013 I followed my heart to an Irish man living in Melbourne. I would like to say I’ve never looked back, but I have a crick in my neck f(...)

Emigrants travelled back to Ireland from all over the world in May 2018 to vote in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

I’m standing between carriages and have somehow found myself in possession of a toddler. He’s got wild red hair, and is periodically pressing the “OPE(...)

‘It is more than a year since we moved back now. And I am in love with a new Ireland, the country of my birth, the country where a connection with the earth and with the air is woven into my DNA.’

I am driving the school run. It is the most beautiful drive I have ever been on. That’s saying something. I have lived in southern France and driven t(...)

Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

“What’s been the roughest day so far?” I should have been worried when he asked this; everyone else I met on my trip had asked “Where was the best pl(...)

Mary G Johnson at her home in Tralee. Photograph: Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus

We had three children. Maybe we should have had ten; some of them may have remained in Ireland. We encouraged them to follow their dream, but their d(...)

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