Cabhrú will provide an emotional support helpline, and free online counselling appointments conducted on Skype, for Irish people living in Australia initially before the service is extended to other countries. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Just like at home, Irish people living abroad experience mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and loneliness, or problems with alcohol, dr(...)

Minister of State for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan said 80 groups had received funding for diaspora projects in 2015, relating to  culture and heritage, genealogy, communications and networking. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Local authorities and community groups are being invited to apply for up to €660,000 in Government funding for projects that “reach out to their diasp(...)

Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan with Madeleine Lyes and Liam Kennedy of the UCD Clinton Institute, authors of the Diaspora Toolkit document.

Irish people are world-class diaspora connectors. That is one of the lessons learned from the success of the Gathering in 2012, which illuminated the (...)

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Diaspora is a term we have become familiar with in this country, indicating our historical experience with emigration. Its currency has been reinforce(...)

Steve Lenox, President Irish Network USA (left), Sally Mulready Irish Elderly Advice Network and Council of State member and Billy Lawless, cChairman of Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform  at the Global Irish Civic Forum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Loneliness and isolation are among the biggest challenges facing new Irish emigrants abroad, which can often lead to depression and sometimes suici(...)

Console founder Paul Kelly was presented with  the Labour Party Irish Society community award for 2015 by MP Liz Kendall.

Irish suicide prevention charity Console has received an award in the House of Commons in London for its work with the so-called “forgotten Irish” in (...)

Men’s football final: Dubai Celts play Qatar GAA at last year’s Asian Gaelic Games

As this article rolls off the presses in Ireland and goes online in the early hours of Saturday morning, on the other side of the world, more than 800(...)

‘When the opportunity arises to go the US on a short-term visa, the temptation can be very strong to stay, particularly in recessionary times, when there are no opportunities at home.”

Despite the historical popularity of the US as a destination for Irish people, barriers to entry, tightened in the aftermath of 9/11, have prevented m(...)

Engaging with our diaspora

The emigration of an estimated 200,000 young people and families during the past six years has caused serious damage to the fabric of society and has (...)

The researchers found that while the role of long-standing supports for the Irish abroad like the church or the Irish pub is diminishing, new social networks were emerging which are allowing emigrants to “self help”, especially online.

Recent Irish emigrants are younger, more professional and more networked than any previous generation but many are still experiencing mental health pr(...)

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