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Ann Kelleher: “If you do your current job really well then opportunity will come.”

Originally from Macroom in Co Cork, Ann Kelleher studied electrical engineering to PhD level at UCC before joining Intel as a process engineer in 199(...)

Stephen Knowles outside the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg: “Any weekend I can be in Germany, Belgium or France in less than 30 minutes.”

Sport was the lure to keeping Stephen Knowles in Luxembourg when he first went for what he intended as a one-year career move. A keen rugby player and(...)

Helen Waldron: “What they look upon as my skill is mercurial, the ability to walk into a room, engage and interact, and that’s absolutely based on being Irish and female.”

Sydney-based Helen Waldron got a surprise near the end of her time at Loreto College, Foxrock. “To my horror, at our last assembly, they called me up(...)

Dan Gallen in Copenhagen: “They don’t really do empty promises and superficiality here.”
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Dan Gallen’s first experience of life abroad came during the 1980s, when his parents wanted to get away from the Troubles in Belfast and moved to Nige(...)

Audrey Hendley: “Americans are very open, very supportive, very encouraging and very free.”

In 1989, Ireland’s economy was in disarray and, with college recruiting all but nonexistent, the whale-call of the United States proved much too frui(...)

Gareth Keane: “I’m a technology optimist. I know there are negatives but, overall, we are better off now than we were, say, 30 years ago.”

The Pacific coast of Canada and the United States is a tantalising place and it has a special draw for technology investor and enthusiast Gareth Keane(...)

Martin O’Brien at Foxbury Farms, California, the medical cannabis growing farm he started in 2015

When Martin O’Brien moved to San Francisco in 1990, it was on the cusp of a technological and cultural revolution. The internet was yet to go live, an(...)

Belfast native Michael Comerton launched his craft beer company Platinum Beverages in Vietnam and also plans to open restaurants there too

Michael Comerton grew up in Belfast as the Troubles began. Looking back, he says he can see how little opportunity there was for business. “Having l(...)

Geraldine McFadden: “The way of life here is so totally different to Ireland. Everything operates at a much slower pace. Traffic is never a problem and we could never compare the weather here to Ireland.”

Geraldine McFadden was bitten by the travel bug at a young age. “My father was chief engineer of the cargo airline, Aer Turas, so my family travelled (...)

Stephen O’Farrell: “We’re in Istanbul for the long haul. We love coming home, but our life is entrenched here”

Stephen O’Farrell was en route to Barcelona for a year in 1998 before deciding upon Istanbul at the last minute. A 12-month stint in Australia two yea(...)

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