We Believe in Bringing Women Together


Irish Women Abroad is your go-to for advice, support, connection and inspiration for Irish women living abroad or those returning to Ireland.

Our Founder

Hi, I’m Sarah Whelan.

I’m a Sydney-based Dubliner who has been living in Australia for over 17 years. I am a Mentor, Consultant and Founder of Irish Women Abroad.

As someone who has uprooted her life and her family twice – Ireland to Australia, Australia to Ireland and then back once more for good measure – I know intimately the feelings of doubt, anxiety, loss and confusion that come with being pulled in different directions.

Over the last 5 years, I’ve supported dozens of Irish emigrants and expats with relocating and living abroad. 

Everyone has a story to tell that will inspire others, so it’s my mission to create a platform for Irish women to be able to do just that.

I can’t wait to get to know you in our Facebook Community. If you’re interested in advertising your business, feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions any time.

My 1:1 Relocation Consultations for Irish expats and emigrants is launching 1st June 2022 – be one of the first to find out more on the Relocation Consultations page here. 

Le grá, 

Follow Sarah on Instagram: @socialsbysarah_

Sarah Whelan


Irish Women Abroad
Sydney, NSW, Australia
+61 449 597 847


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From Irish soda bread to your new favourite online store, our directory is the only business directory you need to track down all things Irish. 


Join our growing online village on Facebook and connect with fellow Irish women in all corners of the world experiencing life abroad.


 1:1 Consultations for both hopeful Irish emigrants and former Irish expats seeking clarity on the next step for their life and family.

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From Our Community

Irish Women abroad is a great initiative as it is so important for women to feel a sense of community and connectedness especially being so far away from home. Supporting Irish business as well as supporting Irish women in business will help keep the Irish culture and traditions to be passed into future generations.

Shay Stanley

The Irish Butcher

IWA is a fabulous organisation that brings women together to share their ideas, their stories, their experiences, to provide a network of information and exchange of ideas. If you are considering advertising in the Directory, you should go for it. 

Tina King-Garde

I registered my business on the website it’s amazing.
So much gold on it about Irish products too.  Sarah is so helpful when your setting up your business, I’d highly recommend it.

Emma Murrary


It was so great to be featured by Sarah in IWA and share my story with her audience. Sarah has built such a wonderful supportive community and the feedback I got on the feature was fabulous. So if you are thinking of joining the business directory I highly recommend it.

Vanessa Geraghty

Vivacity Marketing

Reading all the different perspectives in the Facebook group helped me figure out my priorities this year and guided me to coming to peace with them and removing at least some of the guilt of choosing not to go home…

Tanya H

Sarah is such a huge support for the Irish community in Australia both as individuals in the Irish Women Abroad groups and for Irish run businesses through her new business directory.
You’re doing incredible work Sarah and this Irish Woman Abroad certainly appreciates it. 

Louise Swanborough

Well done on this amazing directory. The Irish Women Abroad website has been a lifeline for so many living abroad.

Moira Walsh

Sarah’s work with Irish Women Abroad is the kind of initiative that moves us all forward.

Shannon Rooney

Thank you so much for including us in this amazing online resource – The Irish Business Directory. 

Aisling Kane

The Skin Nurse
What an amazing platform for us Irish business owners.
So grateful to advertise my business in the Irish Business Directory. 

Samantha Buck

Bucks Books Bookkeeping

The Business Directory looks amazing – so incredible all the love and energy that has gone into it. 

Nessa Devaney

Wellness Practitioner

The Directory is so amazing, you have done such a good job. 

Emily Daly

Babogs Bows

 I know that’s not easy but you blaze a trail to spark the conversation and helps others normalise these feelings and thoughts! (that we all have from time to time!) Keep up the great work!

Niamh B

Love love love! The whole experience has been amazing Sarah! Thank you so much for this amazing platform!

Paula Donohoe

Paula Donohoe Hair