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Dolores Van Bourgondien: “I love the US. This country has been good to me, given me opportunities in varying fields”

Born in Raheny, Dublin, Dolores Van Bourgondien was only a child when her father moved the family to Zambia in 1975. She returned to finish her educat(...)

Jeff Murphy: “Being a boss has certainly been a learning curve.” Photograph: Chris Weber

“It was absolutely the making of me, coming over here, I wasn’t behaving. It was as simple as that and it put manners on me.” Wexford-born Jeff Murp(...)

John McGrath in Cape Town: “You can be what you want to be here.”

Cape Town, on South Africa’s southwest coast, is a “glorious” place and rather than dream about living there, “strongman” John McGrath moved to the ci(...)

A former executive at BP for 10 years, he was hired to spearhead the IPO for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Abu Dhabi may be home now for John Carey, but it seems like the oilman from Kilkenny is destined always to be on the road. Since moving to the United (...)

Noeleen Armstrong Kish from Dublin wearing on of her creations

One of the highlights of the extensive horseracing calendar in Hong Kong is the Sasa Ladies Purse Day at the Shatin racecourse, when the city’s great (...)

Eric Moore says that his career has been a combination of drive, determination and the many mentors he has had.

“When I was six years old, we went to the World Cup in Italy. To get one ticket would have been lucky, so for my father to get seven was pretty amazin(...)

Conor Lawler says there’s a huge Irish community in Dubai

Educated in Carlow Christian Brothers School, Conor Lawler went on to do a hotel management degree in Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin. “In those days, o(...)

Neil O’Sullivan in Bondi, Sydney

Neil O’Sullivan has packed a lot of living into the years since he moved to Australia. “I left Ireland on New Year’s Eve 2011. It wasn’t just one th(...)

Michael Fitzgerald: He says the  company he owns and runs with his wife Hiroyo – Fitzgerald Jewelry –  is  very open to hiring Irish people for paid internships. Photograph: Fitzgerald Jewelry

When Michael Fitzgerald first came to New York 21 years ago, he didn’t give the Big Apple much of a chance. “I had studied jewellery design at NCAD a(...)

Dr Neil Furey: “My first few years in Vietnam were spent leading 10-week research expeditions in remote mountainous areas in the north and writing up the results”

Dr Neil Furey’s career straddles the world of academe, conservation and consultancy in southeast Asia. Currently a consultant biologist and chief edit(...)

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