Emigrant Voices

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People walk along the lakefront  in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A blast of Arctic air is moving across the United States and Canada, bringing record-breaking windchill temperatures as low as -48°C in parts of the M(...)

John O’Donovan: ‘In an ideal world, we’d see a freer exchange of art and artists regardless of the borders they are contained by, with more Irish art being seen overseas at the same time as opportunities increase for returning emigrants.’

I’m a playwright (amongst other things, obviously; if I made all my money from writing plays, you’d definitely already have heard of me). I’m Irish to(...)

Bella and Pat Barbuto, whose meals nourished my body and my soul during a period of transition for me.

He was Italian. She was Irish. Their home in Yonkers was often a refuge for me during the 1980s, my early years in America, as I grappled awkwardly wi(...)

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(...)

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