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




Why did I leave Ireland? I left Ireland because it was bloody lonely!’
Date published: 30 April 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