Emigrant Voices

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Sarah Griffin, from Dublin to San Francisco: ‘I am happy to have been split between places.’

It is winter again in California. The third winter I’ve been here - the first I’ve not gone home to visit Dublin. The drought that sat in dry, yell(...)

Ian Pettersson with his wife and two sons at their home in Estonia. ‘We have lots of land. We grow our own fruit and veg.’

I left Ireland in 2010. It was on a bit of a whim really. I had been working for a large company that eventually closed its Dublin office, making a(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Chinese president Xi Jinping (right, back) look on as Prof Mark Ferguson of Science Foundation Ireland and Prof Yang Wei of the Natural Science Foundation of China exchange documents during a signing ceremony in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People last week. Photograph: Greg Baker/EPA

I was privileged to attend an event in Shanghai this week hosted by the Consul General of Ireland, Austin Gormley. The reception formed part of Presid(...)

Christmas day: Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

The sunrise spreads across the slumbering Sydney Harbour, peeling the plum cloth of darkness from the bridge and chasing the shadows out towards Manly(...)

Bobby Gilmore: ‘In today’s world where travel is experienced by many there is an assumption that emigration is similar to tourism - short-term and exciting.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“I get very upset when I hear the narrative about emigration being all about adventure for young people.” (Ethan O'Brien, Irish Times 25/10/14) (...)

John K White: ‘When I opened my mouth, they asked if I was American. Of my Irish beginnings, they were amused’

Growing up in Toronto was the best of many worlds, but never one I called home. Home was where I was born in Dublin, Ireland, at the Hatch Street N(...)

Composer Brian Irvine

The Ark, Dublin ****   This classical concert for children aged four and up is composed by Brian Irvine, with lyrics by John McI(...)

‘On Leaving’: Linda DePaor and Philip Duggan with their son Luca

In February 2010 I invited people about to emigrate from Dublin for financial reasons to join me to make a portrait. I wanted to photograph them in a (...)

Catherine Kavanagh: ‘I had returned to an Ireland I didn’t recognise... try as I might, I couldn’t identify with this race to the top of the South Dublin cul de sac or the Montessori waiting list.’

I’ve always harboured an ambivalent relationship towards England. By dint of my father’s job I was born in Oxford in the early 70s, and was promptly e(...)

Avril Clarke: ‘Like many young people, my relationship with Ireland seems doomed. We have suffered unemployment, exploitative and ill-planned labour activation schemes, cuts to social welfare, cuts to youth mental health services, widespread zero hour contracts, rising college fees, and exorbitant accommodation costs.’

Back in October I listened to Taoiseach Enda Kenny as he addressed the One Young World Summit, and told us how democracy can’t be allowed to fail you(...)

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