Katie Laffan, Ready for the Picnic

Katie Laffan arrived with a bang on the music scene two years ago aged 17 when she appeared on the cover of the special ‘Big Break’ issue of Hot Press. Currently preparing to play at this years Electric Picnic, Katie had a chat with us about her music and prepared us a playlist of her favourite songs. Do

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ICYMI: Kellie O’Farrell, Burns Survivor

Some years ago, I watched a really touching documentary about Kellie O’Farrell, a young Longford girl, who had survived a fire when she was two, which resulted in most of her body being covered in substantial burns. Her story has stayed with me ever since, and this week I was delighted when she agreed to

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Meet our experts….

Luckily for us, we have some top notch help at hand to help us find the best advice.  These people deal with teen issues every day and there is no issue they haven’t seen before. Unfortunately, our experts are unable to offer specific advice on individual cases, but they are happy to talk about general

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Sorcha Richardson: An Irish songbird in NY

Dublin born Sorcha Richardson moved to New York in 2009 to study in The New School, a progressive edge arts college. This week, Sorcha is releasing some of her new music, and shared her new song, Walk Away with us, have a listen here: Sorcha, tell us about you the relationship you had with music growing

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How to be Bullied

Until I turned 14 my life was pretty textbook. I was the 2nd of three kids with an older sister and younger brother, a Mam and a Dad a dog and a cat. Everything was fine. Somewhere between 1st and 2nd year everything imploded and the ground was pulled out from beneath me. Within a

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Paralegend: Hayley Fitzsimons

  Hayley Fitzsimons may have shorter legs than you or I, but she’s well able to kick the world up the arse with them. Those legs have taken Hayley to America, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Dubai, Qatar and the UK. In her first year major competition in the Czech Republic in  2012, she took home gold in the

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Guest Post: I’m a Big Girl, and I’m Fine with That.

Clodagh wrote this post for us about making peace with how she looks… For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the way I am. Seems like a pretty vague statement. But it’s true… what is that way? FAT. F. A. T. Fat… I’ve heard every joke I can think of from bullies, all my life. I’ve

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Squad Goals: Rachel Bloom

If you haven’t seen ‘Crazy Ex Girlfriend’ yet, do so immediately. Its 736 different kinds of funny. And Rachel is the shows lead actress, writer and co-creator. And, this year she took home a Golden Globe and a Critics Choice award for her amazing performance. This week, Rachel shared the depressing reality of trying to make

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What do my Leaving Cert results say about me?

Leaving Cert results are out in the morning, and girls and their families around the country will not sleep a wink tonight as tomorrow they find out the magic number that will dictate their future for possibly the next few years. I have no idea what I got in my leaving cert. That is the God’s honest

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Katie Taylor: Always an Irish Hero

We were all shocked to hear that Katie Taylor has been knocked out of the Olympic’s today by Finland’s Mira Potkonen, after losing 37 points to 39. Her devastation and shock is clear in this RTE interview. Katie takes some time to compose herself before saying, “It’s very disappointing. It’s been a very tough year.

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Guest Blog: On Insecurities

In two days Rachel will turn 18, and leave her childhood behind her. As she looks back on her teenage years, she thinks about the insecurities she struggled with and wrote this beautiful essay for us: I can still remember the moment it happened. The moment insecurities became a feature in my life. I had

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33 Things Fat Women Hear all the Time.

“I’m just worried about your health”  “Even your voice sounds fat” ” It never fails to amaze me how people think they have a right to comment on how others look, and to dictate how they should look.  Judgement is the scourge of females, and we are our own worst enemies at times. In this video shared 2

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Hello Heartbreak

Are you eating Ben and Jerrys straight from the tub and watching the Gilmore Girls in your peejays? Chances are your heart has just been broken. We feel you. If for one second you are thinking that its in any way because you’re not enough, or that you did anything wrong, STOP RIGHT THERE! Every single

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Yusra Mardini. The refugee girl making waves at the Olympics

When watching the Olympics we all love to find an underdog we can get behind, and everyone loves a good back story. Well, this one  is a doozy. 18 year old Yusra Mardini is one of 10 refugee Olympians  competing this year. While competing in the Olympics might seem like the biggest challenge any individual

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1900’s Anti women’s Rights Posters- Hilarious!

They would never get away with it these days, but that just makes these pictures all the more absurd and hilarious today. These propaganda posters warned men about the dangers of allowing women to have equal rights.Suffragettes fought and gave their lives so we could vote today. Read more about them here. Click through the

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Staying Safe whilst out at night

It’s an unfortunate reality that we need to watch our backs when we’re out and about at night. Karen Buckleys death shocked all of us last year and incidents such as these are all too common. According to The Independent, the following are the 10 most important rules for protecting yourselves and each other when out

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You think your Grandma is cool? That’s cute.

Baddie Winkle, or Helen Van Winkle, is 88 years old and has more followers on Instagram than all our Grandmothers put together. Cosmopolitan has even celebrated her as one of the internet’s most fascinating picks. I mean… SOOOO sorry I haven’t been posting that much lately 🙁 I recently found out I have arthritis and

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When your Panic Attacks have No Chill :(

Alannah suffers from panic attacks. 18 months ago her Dad left and her family went through a very stressful time. As a result she sometimes has a couple of attacks in one week. We asked her to tell us what that feels like and this is what she told us… In the past 12 months

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