Emigrant Voices

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Aoife Kealy: ‘It is not easy to get into property development here - the market is very competitive and it is very much about who you know, and that goes for a lot of professional sectors.’

Why did you decide to emigrate? I left Ireland in April 2010 after finishing work on a big project, the development of the Grand Canal Theatre and com(...)

Gráinne Ní Shé with her husband Peter Carr and children  Fearghal, Dáithí and Bláithín in Perth, Western Australia

Why did you decide to emigrate?Myself and my husband Peter Carr bought a house in Galway in 2004 as we were starting a family, and thought we would be(...)

Sonia Bradley with her family at the Stone Forest in Kunming: ‘They have walked the Great Wall of China, swam with dolphins, and taken holidays of which I could only dream when I was growing up.’

It took only one call, dark and barely three minutes long, to make me feel so far away. To hold your mother’s hand as she cries can hurt; but to hear (...)

Pádraig Schaler’s friends have recorded an album, Amhrán do Phádraig, to raise funds for his care in Germany.

Pádraig Schaler was critically injured while on a J1 visa in Cape Cod in Massachusetts in June last year. He was cycling to work when he was hit by(...)

Niall McArdle: ‘I have become the emigrant version of the old biddy who reads the death notices; instead of looking to see who died this week, I’m looking to see who left.’

I have a stash of Barry’s Tea recently brought to me from the old country. It’s a special treat to sip it while looking at the snow falling outside(...)

Jennifer Dosch: ‘We all crave a sense of belonging and a move across the globe can have a seismic impact on that.’

I left Ireland because of, and in spite of, love. There was no grim necessity to provide for loved ones or a pursuit of faraway streets paved w(...)

Sarah Kenny (on right of podium): ‘I was immediately struck by the class of Irish dancers speaking in Dutch to one another and how the majority had little or no familial connection to Ireland.’

“You will hear the diddildy-di from the street.” These were my directions to my first Irish dancing class in The Hague. When I moved to Amsterdam i(...)

Sorcha Ní Mhealláin: ‘I have defended in many a conversation in bars and restaurants and buses around the world the need for young Northern Irish people to be proud, to invest, to represent and to work to develop and change how people see us.’

I am sitting in a coffee shop in Sao Paulo drinking an iced coffee and the world is bustling by. I flick through Twitter and news from home, easing(...)

Membership of the Éire Óg GAA club in Seville  includes Irish, English, Welsh, Americans and local Sevillians.

I have often been asked why I never played GAA growing up. The answer was simple: I never went to schools that embraced it. Every summer I became a f(...)

Philip Lynch: ‘My Irishness is seriously on the wane. Such is the inevitable fate for many of us long-term migrants.’

I’m not Irish anymore. It’s not as if I’ve had a falling out with Ireland. There’s hardly any angst at all. We’ve simply drifted apart with the pas(...)

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