Social Network Expatriatism and New Departures in John Boyne, Anne Enright, and Donal Ryan

  • Michael O’Sullivan
Part of the New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature book series (NDIIAL)


This chapter examines how the recent explosion of Irish national broadcaster social media initiatives and Irish newspaper social media projects for Irish expats has revolutionised how the Irish community at home and abroad conceives of Irish migration. The chapter examines how many of such programmes and media initiatives as Abroad, “Better Off Abroad”, and Generation Emigration have offered Irish expats opportunities to share their stories and their concerns about migration. The chapter also gives readings of some of the individual accounts of the expat experience on these sites and examines comments and reactions to these stories. The chapter also reads these contemporary stories and narratives as sharing some of the concerns of the earlier Irish expats examined earlier such as Joyce and Yeats. The chapter ends with a reading of some new Irish narratives on migration and travel abroad in such writers as Donal Ryan, Anne Enright and John Boyne.


Social media Irish Times Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE) John Boyne Donal Ryan Anne Enright 

Works Cited

Works Cited

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael O’Sullivan
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishChinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong

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