‘Is it easy to move back? It’s different for everyone and it really is a mixture of luck and circumstance, effort and need, and we’ve had our own challenges and our own rewards in this year and a half.’

At 8.20am we leave the house to walk to school. I’m still processing the question my daughter asked me the night before: “Mummy do you feel settled he(...)

Catherine Monaghan with her family at Glendalough in Co Wicklow this winter.

I have spent half of my life in Australia. At 13, a pale, short-haired Irish girl lost in a sea of golden, athletic, confident youth, I hated it with (...)

James Parnell and his family moved back to Ireland in 2016 after 16 years living in Sydney.

I briskly dry myself by the car after an ocean swim. OK, OK it’s a dip. I’ve been told it’s not the “ocean”, it’s the “sea”. But I like how “ocean” ro(...)

John O’Donovan: ‘In an ideal world, we’d see a freer exchange of art and artists regardless of the borders they are contained by, with more Irish art being seen overseas at the same time as opportunities increase for returning emigrants.’

I’m a playwright (amongst other things, obviously; if I made all my money from writing plays, you’d definitely already have heard of me). I’m Irish to(...)

People who have moved back to live in Ireland in the past three months can avail of up to six counselling sessions with a qualified therapist. Photograph: iStock

There are many practical hurdles returning emigrants face when they move back to Ireland - we hear regularly from readers about sky-high car insurance(...)

‘Fuzzy memories of summer holidays spent in Connemara come back to me when I think of the lingering whiff from smoky fires of locally hand-cut sods.’

The turf arrived at our door one Saturday afternoon last January. By turf, I mean the rough-cut sods of peat that burn pungently and cosily in an Iris(...)

‘It is more than a year since we moved back now. And I am in love with a new Ireland, the country of my birth, the country where a connection with the earth and with the air is woven into my DNA.’

I am driving the school run. It is the most beautiful drive I have ever been on. That’s saying something. I have lived in southern France and driven t(...)

‘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(...)

Veronica Fegan-Smith, her husband Tom and their children Griffin, Fiona, Erin and Kieran moved from New York to rural Clare last year. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Is the system for exempting schoolchildren from studying Irish fair? It’s a question that goes to the heart of a forthcoming Department of Educat(...)

Some returning emigrants are being refused social welfare  because of lack of access to information on the Habitual Resident Condition. Photograph: Peter Muhly

Irish citizens returning home from abroad are facing significant barriers to housing and social welfare, a Government committee has heard. Representa(...)

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