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 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