Emigrant Voices

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‘Mass migration from the East has given the public fresh bogeymen to fret over; compared with the discrimination these people face, the Irish jokes I encounter almost feel like progress.’

Ireland is spoiling Brexit. The Irish Government’s insistence on a border backstop arrangement has caused everything from confusion to anger among Eng(...)

Ciarán Hodgers is a multi-award winning Irish spoken word poet, now living in Liverpool. Photograph: Kate Jeans

Be born in Ireland.  Leave.  Not for England,  for the love of God, they’ll only claim you as their own.  Go somewhere diffe(...)

‘We have hundreds of Irish trained doctors working abroad who want to do their job at home.’ Photograph: iStock

I was sitting in a boardroom in a hospital outside Melbourne last April when the Irish Times app notified me about how Ireland “faces an existential c(...)

‘When people ask me how I’m settling in, I’ve finally found an answer that will satisfy them and myself. I tell them “it’s great and it’s hard”.’

I wander through the streets of my city, curious and learning. Finding new places, seeing old ones, getting stuck in traffic patterns that were inconc(...)

Siobhan Peters' father John was among a group of Irish men and women who moved to Alaska in the 1970s.

“It’s big, scary and far away. Wherever you are, it’s far away,” wrote Pete McCarthy about Alaska in The Road to McCarthy. With a distance spanning 6,(...)

Anna Acciarini: ‘Casual racism was now the norm. It felt like it was catching. I was so hurt, and the sense of insecurity was ever present, as was my anger.’

I am an Irish woman who moved to England by accident in 2007. I was living in Tenerife and met a blacksmith from Luxembourg who convinced me to move t(...)

Designed by the artist Anuradha Patel, the new memorial comprises three large metal trees with the names of the victims punched into their leaves, marking the city with the identities of those Brummies who never came home that night.

The Birmingham pub bombings of November 1974 killed 21 people and left a further 200 injured, but the damage went far deeper. In addition to the misca(...)

Dublin born and raised in the Hutt Valley, Gerry Paul spent sixteen years touring the world and has performed in over forty countries

Ireland and New Zealand are poles apart geographically, but probably the most similar countries in the world. The population size, agricultural countr(...)

Lisa Tierney-Keogh: ‘The talk of a blue wave of Democratic voters was just that: talk.’

There is no dust settling after the US midterms. Within 24 hours of the elections, Donald Trump started clearing house and throwing tantrums. He fired(...)

Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

As America voted in one of the most significant midterm elections in decades on Tuesday, The Irish Times asked readers across the US to shar(...)

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