information about making the move.

Returning to Ireland
from Australia

information about making the move.

Returning to Ireland
from Australia

Should I stay or should I go?

Returning to Ireland project

The Claddagh Association Inc of Perth, Western Australia (WA) has supported the Irish community in WA with advice and practical help since 1997. In 2018-2019 we developed the Returning to Ireland project. The project responded to the increased number of Irish people contacting us for advice about returning to Ireland. 

Emigrants thinking about returning to Ireland need to take into account many practical and emotional factors. The decision can be a very difficult one. Over the life of the project the Claddagh Association researched the information needed to make a successful transition from Ireland to Australia. We ran seminars, developed a PowerPoint presentation and a brochure, recorded a webinar and collated links to other useful resources. All this information is now available in the links below and we hope it will help you to answer the question: should I stay or should I go?  

The Returning to Ireland project was funded by the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Emigrant Support Programme . We got lots of helpful information and support from Crosscare Migrant Project who are based in Dublin. They work with Irish emigrants and people who have moved to Ireland. 

of returning?

 Learn more about how you can prepare if you want to go home to Ireland

Here at the Claddagh Association we talked to people who want to return to Ireland, read the reports about barriers to returning, and investigated the practicalities of moving from Australia to Ireland.  We gathered all the most crucial information into our handy brochure – Returning to Ireland from Australia: Tips for a successful move

Over the life of the Returning to Ireland project Claddagh ran a number of seminars sharing the information we researched with individuals and families who were thinking of returning to Ireland. As each group asked us more questions we added more and more information to the presentation. For a comprehensive consideration of all the issues to be aware of when returning home to Ireland view our presentation here.

Many people who wanted to find out more about returning home to Ireland couldn’t access our seminars. Some lived in rural WA, others had childcare, family or work commitments. For all those people, and for you who are interested in the project after it finished, we recorded this webinar so that you can watch it at your leisure.

The Claddagh Association is one of a group of organisations that support Irish people who are deciding whether to go home to Ireland. We have collected these links so you can check out more information that might be useful to you.

Information about the new de facto preclearance process for entry to Ireland.

2017 report by Crosscare Migrant Project on the experiences of 400 recently returned Irish emigrants.

2018 report highlighting barriers to return and suggesting solutions. provides comprehensive information on public services and on the entitlements of citizens in Ireland. In August 2020 they added information to the website about returning to Ireland.

Crosscare Migrant Project are a Dublin based nonprofit funded by the Government of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Emigrant Support Programme. They support intending and returning Irish emigrants with information and advocacy.

Global Irish, at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, helps Irish people and people of Irish descent maintain their connections to Ireland, through information and support.

Irish Expats Returning to Ireland is a private Facebook group set up for Irish people returning to Ireland from anywhere in the world.

The Irish International Business Network is a network of Irish entrepreneurs and business professionals based all over the world. You can interact with others via the website. While there is no local group in Australia they do hold events in Dublin which might be useful for those returning to Ireland.

The Ireland Move Club describes itself as a social community for movers to Ireland. You can register on their website to ask questions and share knowledge about moving back to Ireland.  

The Irish Times Abroad Network circulates a weekly email with the best stories from Irish Times Abroad, The Irish Times’ coverage about emigration and the Irish diaspora. It also gives members the option to participate in polls of interest to the Irish abroad and to contribute to Irish Times Abroad. 


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