Emigrant Voices

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If you have moved to or from Ireland in the past 18 months, we want to read your story. Photograph: iStock

Are you an Irish person who has left the country in the past 18 months to live abroad? Or are you someone who has moved to Ireland from another countr(...)

Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from next June, state media said on September 26th,  in a historic decision that makes the Gulf kingdom the last country in the world to permit women behind the wheel. Photograph: Reem Baeshen/AFP/Getty Images

I am a private personal trainer from Co Wicklow, and I’ve been based in Riyadh full-time now for the past four and a half years. I’ve seen many expatr(...)

‘Moving to New Zealand was not an informed decision. It was a decision of the heart. I was in love.’

I voted. I must admit it is the first time I’ve voted in my life. Politics was not of interest to me in Ireland, but now, on the other side of the wor(...)

‘I have everything on my doorstep and not one drop of time to do any of it because for me, and the almost nine million other inhabitants of New York, this is Work Town.’ Photograph: Maribel de la Torre

Until recently, my workplace was a desk in a modern co-working space with fancy chairs, free coffee and popcorn Wednesdays. I am a playwright, which i(...)

Bernie Duffy: ‘Local politics, and activism, is very much alive and kicking here.’

Germany goes to the polls on Sunday to elect the 19th Bundestag. Who do Irish Times Abroad readers living there think will win, and who will they be v(...)

Dylan Brennan is a teacher in a school in Santa Fe in Mexico City. Photograph: Liliana P. Brennan

One of the most powerful earthquakes in Mexican history has left more than 224 people dead. The magnitude 7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings, (...)

Katie Teegan had just turned 27 when she decided to move from Dublin to London ‘for a couple of years, to see what it’s like’.

Nobody tells you that a seemingly temporary decision can irrevocably change the course of your life. Or rather, they do, but you don’t believe it unti(...)

‘I feel cocooned in another world, though our home is only 30 minutes away.’ Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

September’s Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of the summer in the US. After this, the new school year begins, as do the seasonal shifts i(...)

Cathy Tobin with daughter Ciara in Orlando, Florida: ‘We have joined our fellow Floridians in the stealthy preparations for Hurricane Irma.’

It has been 24 years since my husband, Tom, and I first moved to Florida from Cork. There has been much to get used to in that time; mosquitos, alliga(...)

A man fixes a car next to the shore in Cap Haitien, Haiti on Thursday. Photograph:  Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters

Hurricane Irma has ripped through the Caribbean, killing at least 11 people and causing widespread damage. Winds of up to 300km/h have lashed islands (...)

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