Emigrant Voices

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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(...)

Anthony Simpson: ‘I applied for Irish citizenship soon after the 2016 Brexit referendum.’

“Dublin was the second city of the Empire,” said my cousin on an early visit there. He’s my first cousin. We were born a few months apart, i(...)

Catherine Monaghan with her family at Glendalough in Co Wicklow this winter.

I have spent half of my life in Australia. At 13, a pale, short-haired Irish girl lost in a sea of golden, athletic, confident youth, I hated it with (...)

Peter Flanagan: ‘As an immigrant here, the regular task of having to explain the geography of their own country to British people while simultaneously trying to sound like a grateful, 'good' immigrant is getting exhausting.’

When former taoiseach Bertie Ahern was asked by a House of Commons committee how Irish people feel about the suggestion that they leave the EU and “re(...)

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