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Irish in Britain: the subtle message is that you’re allowed to like it, but not too much; you can’t be getting notions about things being better across the Irish Sea. Illustration: Mark Harwood/Getty/ITPM

The ‘800 years of oppression’ thing is hard to shake I emigrated from Dublin in 2010. I work as a clinical psychologist in the NHS and live with my(...)

Dympna McGillen: ‘I felt very much part of an Irish culture in London. If I was asked, I probably would have said I felt more Irish than English.’

I am “London Irish” and proud. In recent years my nationality has led me to much self-questioning… “Can the London Irish really call themselves Iri(...)

Giles Newington with Hilary Fannin and  their sons Peter and Jacob, in Shandon, Cork in 2005. Photograph: Alan Betson

Growing up, I think I was not untypical in my Londoner’s ignorance of Ireland. I had gone to a school of 2,000 children and 160 nationalities, and alt(...)

Maeve Wallace: ‘Many of my fellow Irish-Londoners have now moved home, and conversations with those still here inevitably turn to the when and how of moving home.’

I’m what many would probably consider an “emigrant-lite”; by which I mean I’ve moved to London. Not Saskatchewan, not Perth. An entirely convenient an(...)

Anthea McTeirnan: ‘Growing up in Birmingham in a sea of Irish voices, I thought Ireland was a green nirvana. Having lived here for 26 years, I think it is unconscionable that the Irish State should stop women having an abortion here’

“I think being a woman is a bit like being Irish. Everyone says you’re important and nice, but you take second best all the same.” Iris Murdoch caugh(...)

Clare Doyle: ‘I thought the problem was over with the creation of the European Union, I found my nationality, I’m a European... Then there was Brexit.’

My parents left Ireland in the 1920s; after living in Brazil and Argentina, they came back briefly to Ireland, then moved to the United Kingdom. I was(...)

Dermot Morgan and Ardal O’Hanlon in  ‘Father Ted’,  which was first broadcast on  Channel 4

When President Michael D Higgins made his successful State visit to the UK in 2014, the Department of Foreign Affairs issued a cheerful press release.(...)

History changes but geography stays the same. The relationship between Ireland and Britain has been defined for many centuries by these truths – and b(...)

The Troubles generation was marked by an almost total collapse in the unionist sense of Irishness, which is usually explained as a reaction to republican violence. TREVOR MCBRIDE PICTURE©

The older I get, the more I realise how much of my British identity I owe to two unexpected sources: direct rule and television. This is a unique feat(...)

Queen Elizabeth in conversation wiht President Michael D Higgins during the State visit in 2014. Photograph: Getty Images

Last month’s murder of Arkadiusz Jozwik, a 40-year-old factory worker from Poland, in the Essex town of Harlow was just the most serious in a spate of(...)

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