Ireland and emigration have a long relationship. Generations have left these shores. Patrick Gallagher reporting for '7 Days' in 1967 refers to this movement of people "as being part of our Irishness".
In the early 2000s Ireland had the new experience of immigration as thousands came from other countries to earn a living or make a new life here. A return to recession years brought difficulties for many people as unemployment and the cost of living rose sharply. Emigration again became an option for many.
Presented here are some emigration stories covered by RTÉ Television spanning six decades. The reports range from the impact of emigration on rural areas in the west of Ireland, to the experiences of those living in London, Europe and New York. These stories show the effect on those who are left behind and the realities for many of those who never returned home. Even a world made smaller by technology and cheaper travel cannot numb the pain of parting.
With the economy in decline emigration is once again a reality for many Irish people.
The effect of emigration in the west of Ireland. A report looking at the parish of Killasser in county Mayo and the dwindling population as young people leave the area.
The impact on families in the west of Ireland when the time comes for the men to travel to England for work.
Thousands of people explore the option of emigrating at a jobs fair in Dublin in 2012.
Young Irish people living and working in Munich, Germany.
Emigration has become a major part of Irish life. Willie O'Reilly has spent 35 years going back and forth to England. On the boat once again he talks of his experiences as an emigrant.
An extract from a 'Radharc' film reporting on the many Irish men working on the construction of a nuclear power plant at Oldbury, Bristol in England.
The numbers of people looking to emigrate from Ireland in 1982 has increased considerably. However in many countries the number of visas being issued is being reduced.
Young Irish people living in Paris, talk about work, French men and women and French television.
In 1985 the number of young Irish people emigrating to London is increasing. What can they expect in their new surroundings?
The ever present problem of emigration the effect it has on the town and people of Ballinrobe. How the Irish in the Bronx, New York are coping.
An extract from a 'Prime Time Investigates' programme looking at the neglect of generations of economic migrants. These Irish people are forgotten by the country of their birth and often ignored by their adopted home.