Extraordinary Emigrants: Irish Times Abroad

As part of our weekly supplement with the Irish Times Abroad, we have explored the lives of many extraordinary Irish emigrants throughout history. From the pioneering Irishwomen who made exciting Space discoveries to the Irish-American boxer who became a world champion, discover their stories of adventure, opportunity and tragedy.

The Irishman who wrote The Red Flag

Date published: 21 Feb 2022


The Dubliner determined to end Irish involvement in the ‘sin of slavery’

Date published: 8 Feb 2022


The Irishman who fought with Mandela for freedom 

Date published: 11 Jan 2022


I am Irish and I shall ever be, said the woman who campaigned to end slavery

Date published: 21 Dec 2021


The Irish family who added to the Australian vernacular

Date published: 8 Dec 2021


The man who sent Ned Kelly to the gallows

Date published: 26 Oct 2021


The last Irish-born mayor of New York City 

Date published: 12 Oct 2021


The polyglot Irishman who valued the language of others

Date published: 23 Sep 2021


The son of Irish emigrants who built Australia’s largest manufacturing company 

Date published: 26 Aug 2021


‘I have seldom seen a more fearful section of coastline’: How an Irish family was shipwrecked

Date published: 20 Jul 2021


Ireland’s remarkable trans pioneer: ‘People thought I was a woman, but I was just me’

Date published: 1 Jun 2021


The Russian-Irish filmmaker whose magical movies shaped Soviet childhoods

Date published: 18 May 2021


Designed in Ireland, assembled in Australia, pointed at the stars

Date published: 20 Apr 2021


The Antrim-born mystic, republican and lover of folklore who found freedom in California

Date published: 6 Apr 2021


The patriotic cellist who refused to play Rule, Britannia!

Date published: 11 Aug 2020


Nancy Cunard, the interwar poet and rebel descended from Robert Emmet’s family

Date published: 4 August 2020


The bard from Ballymena who got too homesick in Canada

Date published: 28 July 2020


The Dublin-born journalist who became a foreign correspondent in Imperial Russia

Date published: 22 July 2020


‘Mother Mooney’, the Mayo woman who campaigned for justice for her wronged son

Date published: 14 July 2020


The Irish-American who led the last invasion of Britain

Date published: 8 July 2020


The Dublin inventor who was an early pioneer of high-speed photography

Date published: 29 June 2020


The Irishman who was one of Britain’s most prominent spies

Date published: 22 June 2020


The Tipperary man who fell in love while fighting in the Spanish Civil War

Date published: 16 June 2020


The Irishwoman who became known as ‘the White Woman of the Genesee’

Date published: 12 June 2020


The Irishman known as the ‘Prince of Pickpockets’ who became a policeman

Date published: 1 June 2020


The Irishwoman who quit teaching to become one of Ireland’s first blues singers

Date published: 26 May 2020


The Irish-American who became the first millionaire west of the Mississippi

Date published: 15 May 2020


The Greystones woman who climbed the Alps in long skirts to avoid scandal

Date published: 27 April 2020


The man who left life as a barrister to become British envoy to Afghanistan

Date published: 20 April 2020


The Irish soldier and police officer who became an Australian explorer

Date published: 7 April 2020


The Wine Geese: Irish exiles who started new lives in French vineyards

Date published: 2 April 2020


Typhoid Mary: The Irishwoman blamed for bringing a deadly disease to New York

Date published: 24 March 2020


The Waterford woman who put Ireland on the international fashion map

Date published: 18 March 2020


Fake arms, fake pregnancy, fake husband: How an Irishwoman became a top pickpocket

Date published: 3 March 2020


The Dubliner who became a ‘master of illusion’ in landscape gardening in England

Date published: 26 February 2020


The forgotten Irishwoman who once ruled the New York fashion industry

Date published: 18 February 2020


The Waterford man who married Napoleon Bonaparte’s niece

Date published: 11 February 2020


The Irishwoman who was the world’s first female stockbroker

Date published: 31 January 2020


Six forgotten Irish women who achieved the extraordinary

Date published: 28 January 2020


The Irish professor involved in introducing European animals to Australia

Date published: 21 January 2020 


The Tipperary politician behind a huge Irish banking scandal

Date published: 15 January 2020


Irish v English prizefighters: eye-gouging, kicking and sword fighting

Date published: 9 January 2020


The mysterious Irishman who was the first westerner ordained a Buddhist monk

Date published: 3 January 2020


The story of Walter Butler of Roscrea who died on Christmas Day

Date published: 27 January 2019


The life of the Irishwoman who was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame

Date published: 18 December 2019


Alice Stopford Green: A forgotten historian of the Irish people

Date published: 2 December 2019


From Roscommon to Hollywood – The story of Maureen O’Sullivan

Date published: 26 November 2019


Raymond Chandler: Crime writer’s family left Waterford, but the city never left him

Date published: 15 November 2019


Irish workers abroad shaped the pathways later emigrants followed

Date published: 5 November 2019


How tales of the headless horseman came from Celtic mythology

Date published: 23 October 2019


The murdered Carlow man who shaped the silent movie era of Hollywood

Date published: 15 October 2019


The Irishman who became a Spanish captain and fought Cromwell’s army

Date published: 1 October 2019


Barry Fitzgerald: the civil servant who became one of Ireland’s first Hollywood stars

Date published: 24 September 2019


How an Offaly man revolutionised naval warfare and marine transport

Date published: 17 September 2019


Edward Quinn, the Dublin-born photographer of the rich and famous

Date published: 10 September 2019


The grandson of an Irish nationalist who became ‘Boy Mayor of New York’

Date published: 3 September 2019


The Mayo woman who became Italy’s favourite operatic diva

Date published: 28 August 2019


The Irishman who lived through rebellions, plague and fall of the Qing Dynasty

Date published: 20 August 2019


The Irish-Jewish music stars of the Tin Pan Alley years 

Date published: 13 August 2019


The story of Irish astronomer Rose O’Halloran

Date published: 6 August 2019


GAA Abroad: How Irish immigrants shared their sporting passions and skills

Date published: 30 July 2019


Maureen O’Hara: ‘An Irishwoman has guts and stands up for what she believes in.’ 

Date published: 23 July 2019


The Irishman who rose to the very top of the Spanish royal court

Date published: 9 July 2019


Life of Irishman Timothy Eaton from apprentice to one of Canada’s wealthiest people

Date published: 2 July 2019


The Irish LGBT diaspora: Dusty Springfield, Eileen Gray, Fr Bernard Lynch

Date published: 25 June 2019


The Irish who instigated the Portland Rum Riots

Date published: 5 June 2019


The Scotch-Irish author of America’s best-selling reading primer

Date published: 27 May 2019


The Irish nun who opened schools for the deaf in Australia

Date published: 22 May 2019


Elizabeth Bowen, the Big House heiress with the ‘constricted mind.’

Date published: 15 May 2019


Maggie Cline, Vaudeville queen who based career on Ireland despite never having been

Date published: 23 April 2019


Spike Milligan, recipient of awards for contribution to British comedy, but an Irish writer

Date published: 16 April 2019


Dion Boucicault, the Irish playwright whose life was stranger than fiction

Date published: 9 April 2019


Johnny Patterson, the Irish singing clown who met a tragic end

Date published: 2 April 2019


The Waterford naval officer who became first governor of New Zealand

Date published: 26 March 2019


The Irish naval officers in Imperial Russia

Date published: 19 March 2019


Beatrice Grimshaw, the Belfast explorer treated as a ‘male chief’ of Samoa

Date published: 5 March 2019


Harry Ferguson, the ‘Mad Mechanic’ who invented the modern tractor

Date published: 26 February 2019


‘Bad Bridgets’: The criminal and deviant Irish women convicted in America

Date published: 20 February 2019


The Carlow man who became a US founding father (and one of the biggest slave owners)

Date published: 12 February 2019 


The Westmeath emigrant who found himself at the heart of the Napoleonic wars

Date published: 5 February 2019


Thomas Heazle Parke, the first Irishman to cross Africa

Date published: 29 January 2019


Mary Swanzy, one of Ireland’s leading modernist painters

Date published: 9 January 2019


Mary Lee, the Irish woman who campaigned for women’s rights in Australia

Date published: 2 January 2019


Mabel Cahill, Irish tennis champion who won five US Opens

Date published: 19 December 2018


How treasured objects help us create a home away from home

Date published: 11 December 2018


Cinderella Man’ James Braddock, the Irish-American boxer who became world champion

Date published: 5 December 2018


Annie Besant, the first Irish woman to endorse birth control

Date published: 27 November 2018


Josephine Hart, writer and ‘heroine’ who inspired Herstory

Date published: 20 November 2018


Fanny Durack, the Irish-Australian who won the first women’s Olympic swimming medal

Date published: 13 November 2018


Flora Sandes, the only female British soldier to fight for the Allies in WWI

Date published: 7 November 2018


Daisy Bates, the Edwardian Irishwoman in the Australian Outback

Date published: 23 October 2018


The Irish-American who invented the modern tattoo machine

Date published: 16 October 2018


The pioneering Irishwomen who made exciting Space discoveries

Date published: 8 October 2018


Peg Woffington, the best Irish actress of the 18th century

Date published: 3 October 2018


Florence Burke, American Civil War soldier and my great-great-grandfather

Date published: 19 September 2018


Remembering Fr. Mychal Judge, the Irish-American priest killed on 9/11

Date published: 11 September 2018


Lady Edith Blake, Irish polyglot, botanical artist and travel writer

Date published: 5 September 2018


The stories behind the objects migrants take with them

Date published: 15 August 2018


The only Irish officer to fight in the Battle of Little Bighorn

Date published: 8 August 2018


The Irish nun who survived floods, famines and shipwrecks

Date published: 25 July 2018


Mike ‘King’ Kelly, the Irish-American baseball star who inspired the first pop song

Date published: 18 July 2018


The Irishman who ‘invented’ milk chocolate, and served the royal family

Date published: 11 July 2018


The only Wimbledon finalist to be convicted of murder was an Irish man

Date published: 4 July 2018


The crossdresser from Dublin who tricked the British Army

Date published: 27 June 2018


Kay McNulty, the Irish ‘mother of computer programming’

Date published: 20 June 2018 


Was ‘Crusher’ Casey Ireland’s greatest emigrant sportsman?

Date published: 15 June 2018


Monica de Wichfeld: Chanel designer, gun-runner, and rebel to the end

Date published: 30 May 2018


The famine-era migrant who became the greatest showman

Date published: 23 May 2018


Irishwoman Ann Glover, the last person hanged for witchcraft in Boston

Date published: 16 May 2018


Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman ever deported from Ireland

Date published: 10 May 2018