I’m Noreen Bowden, and I’m the author of Ean.ie/GlobalIrish.ie. I am passionate about diaspora issues, and have been for most of my life.
I was the director of the Emigrant Advice Network from 2006 to 2009. Before that, I worked at Liam Ferrie’s Irish Emigrant Publications in Galway, first as web editor and then general manager. I also worked as Associate Editor at VirtualIrish.com in New York at the height of the dot-com boom, in 1999 and 2000.
I lived in Ireland for a total of nearly fifteen years of my adult life. Before I left Ireland in 2011, I worked as a consultant developing several projects related to the diaspora and the web. I was also the Irish representative at Europeans Throughout the World, a Brussels-based organisation working on behalf of European expats; I was elected vice-president of the organisation in September, 2009.
I grew up in New York, where my parents had emigrated in the 1950s and 1960s, and I’ve recently returned there. I completed my Masters in Public Administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2012. I also have an MA in English with a Concentration in Irish Literature from Boston College (where I focused on the study of emigrant literature) and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.
If you’re interested in any aspect of emigration or the diaspora, I’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact me if you’d like help with a question, feedback on a project, more information on anything related to these pages, or even just to say hello!