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Cathy Murphy, executive director of the Irish Canadian Emigration Centre in Toronto, expects Irish immigration to remain strong. Photograph: Benny Corrigan

It was 11.30pm December 21st 2011 when Eamonn O’Loghlin, the chair of the newly established Irish Canadian Immigration Centre, called to offer me the (...)

The O’Donnells: Peter, Bernadette, Aidan, John, Maureen (Curran) and  Brian.

Over Christmas, Irish Times Abroad is offering the chance for two people to win a trip to visit family or friends living overseas with the Flying Visi(...)

How much free beer Labatt retirees can lug home each year depends on where they live. Current employees  get a free case every other week and bonus cases at Christmas. Photograph:  Keith Beaty/Toronto Star via Getty Images

For decades, a job at Labatt, one of Canada’s two major breweries, came with an unusual perk: free beer for life. But now, the company’s retirees have(...)

Meat Loaf has been hospitalised after collapsing at a concert in Edmonton, Alberta. Photograph:  Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Rock star Meat Loaf is in hospital in Canada after collapsing on stage during a concert. The 68-year-old’s condition after the incident in Edmonton, (...)

 A handout picture made available by the Government of Alberta on 16th May, 2016 shows a general view of damage caused by a wildfire that swept through several neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray on 14th May, 2016. Alberta Health Services has issued an air-quality advisory for the Fort McMurray area. Photograph: Alberta government/EPA

Some 8,000 workers at oil sands camps north of the fire-ravaged Canadian city of Fort McMurray were ordered to evacuate as authorities continued the (...)

Burned cars next to homes that were spared the wildfire in the Beacon Hill neighbourhood of Fort McMurray, in northern Alberta, Canada. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Fort McMurray, or Fort Make Money as some Canadians nicknamed it during its recent boom years, was the kind of place where second chances and fat payc(...)

Orla Healy, from Newbridge, Co Kildare, had to leave her home in Fort McMurray on Tuesday along with the city’s 88,000 inhabitants.

An Irish woman living in Canada has described being forced to evacuate her home due to a wildfire as the “scariest experience” of her life. Orla Heal(...)

Heat waves are seen as cars and trucks try and get past a wild fire 16km south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, on highway 63, on Friday. Chad Morrison, Alberta’s manager of wildfire prevention, said the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but that it started in a remote forested area and could have been ignited by lightning. Photograph: PA

A raging Canadian wildfire grew explosively on Saturday as hot, dry winds pushed the blaze across the energy heartland of Alberta and smoke forced the(...)

A massive wildfire rages near Anzac, a hamlet 48 km southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Photograph: Chris Schwarz/EPA

A catastrophic wildfire that has forced all 88,000 residents to flee Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada exploded tenfold in size on Thursday, cutting of(...)

Wildfire raging through the Fort McMurray earlier this week. Weather conditions are making it more difficult to extinguish the fire. Photograph: Jerome Garot/EPA/Twitter

A huge wildfire near Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, that has grown to five times its initial size has spread south, forcing more evacuations on Thu(...)

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