For the first time since 2009, Ireland is now welcoming more of its citizens home than the number departing the country. Photograph: iStock

In 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade published Ireland’s first official policy on diaspora issues, stating it is “important that movin(...)

Serena Williams with referee Brian Earley during the US Open Women’s Singles final against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo/Adam Hunger

It’s been six weeks since I moved home to Ireland from New York. Six weeks is long enough for me to feel like I’m not on holiday anymore, or home for (...)

‘History and geography is all new: the day they had the 32 counties for homework, I needed to step in to help them pronounce Laois and Monaghan.’

Arriving back at school last week, our youngest nudged us away from the door - “I’ll go in by myself”. I took it as a good sign as we start into our s(...)

The buzz is back on Grafton Street. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images

After Sarah O’Connell graduated in June 2011 with a degree in renewable energy, the only relevant work she could find was through a JobBridge placemen(...)

'On the list of things I’ve been anxious about with moving home, the pressure to become a sea-swimmer is right up there.'

The final push to leave New York was huge. Moving three people and their life’s worth of belongings to another country, across the Atlantic Ocean, was(...)

‘It would feel like naivety or ignorance to listen to music, or a more entertaining podcast. To avoid the news doesn’t change what’s happening.’

My life in New York has changed in the last few weeks. Nothing in particular is different, at least nothing I can point to clearly. There is a new typ(...)

Lisa Tierney-Keogh in Times Square, New York: “Despite my clear exasperation with New York, we’ve come to terms with one another. I have learned how to navigate this city and its inherent chaos.” Photograph: Maribel de la Torre

My apartment in Brooklyn is a mess. On the precipice of moving to Ireland, after a decade away, I’ve amassed a lot of stuff, including a husband and c(...)

Jay O’Callaghan (right) with his husband, Aaron O’Bryan, and their son, Jake, in Toronto.

After tens of thousands of dollars spent on IVF over three years, Jay O’Callaghan and his husband, Aaron O’Bryan, became a family in 2017 when their s(...)

‘Gender and sexuality have consistently acted as drivers of emigration from Ireland, independently of the economic situation of the time.’ Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

“Wondering how many “so, should we move back” conversations happening around Irish kitchen tables in Britain this weekend?” So tweeted the Channel 4 (...)

Homeward bound: Michael Russell and Sinead Murphy

I’m sitting in Newark Airport, watching the sun setting on the New York skyline, and on my time here in the US. The tall silhouettes are starting to (...)

  • « First
  • Prev
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • Next
  • Last »