Love has no Labels

Americans love a kiss cam. At every half time of every baseball, basketball or American football game, the big screen zooms in on two members of the crowd and the crowd goes wild until they kiss. It would never work at a GAA match. We prefer to spend our half times queuing for a wee.

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Author Eimear Ryan on Playing Sport Like a Girl

Team sport does something to a girl. You get to think about your body in terms of what it can do, rather than how it looks. You become more engine than ornament. It is the only context in which I have ever been praised for aggression. It teaches you to be commanding, to take your

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The Girls of the Sacred Heart, Clonakilty

Last week, I got to hang out with the 2nd and 3rd year girls from the Sacred Heart Secondary School in Clonakilty. The pleasure was all mine. These girls are smart, open hearted  and generous with their time. We talked about how we treat each other, how we react to how others treat us, and how we

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Why size really aint nuthin’ but a number

Did you ever go clothes shopping and find something that you really love? Its perfect, makes everything look fabulous and is a bargain at 50% off. Amazing! But, your usual size doesn’t fit, and rather than buy the next size up, you leave it behind, because you just won’t go there. Some of us even have

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Why Irish Schools Need to Scrap Detention

Detention is for bad kids. But in reality, there are very few bad kids. There are kids who are angry, frustrated, misunderstood, stressed and lonely. Many of these kids don’t have a safe place to deal with these feelings, so often, this pressure builds up inside them until they lash out. And end up in

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Help the St Al’s Girls support the Make a Wish Foundation

Before Christmas, we spent a lovely day in St. Aloysius College in Carrigtwohill. Now the girls are working on a lovely project for the Make a Wish foundation. We think they explain it best…. “We have started a social media campaign called the #makeawishchallenge where we trying to raise money to allow wishes be granted for brave

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10 Things us girls need to stop shaming each other about

Us girls are divils for judging each other. Instead of embracing our differences, we constantly compete to be the prettiest, the smartest, the most popular, the most athletic, the skinniest. When we look in the mirror, we always look at our faults, and therefore, looking for faults in others makes us feel better about ourselves. This

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Why is Ann Lovett Trending?

This is the Grotto in Granard, Co Longford, a beautiful, quiet and peaceful place. On this day 33 years ago, Ann Lovett died here along with her newborn baby boy. She had given birth here, alone, on a cold January evening with nothing but a pair of scissors. She was 15 years old. Unmarried mothers

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The amazing consent campaign founded by 5th year students..

Fourteen 5th years students from Kells, have started an amazing campaign to drive the discussion about consent in Ireland. The project started in September of 2015 as part of a Transition Year module, Young Social Innovators, which is a national competition giving young people the platform to create social change and raise awareness around topics they feel

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Guest Post: Why Anita Dennison is Fighting Bullying

Hello everyone, my name is Anita Dennison and I am a 20-year-old student and award winning anti-bullying campaigner from Newry, Co. Down. This is the story of how I turned my horrible bullying experience into a positive for other individuals and their families. I hope my story can help you through any tough time you

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How Lisa put herself through pilot training by selling cupcakes

Lisa is one determined and clever lady. Heres why… Lisa Cusack, from Dublin, had her first flying lesson at 13, and decided immediately that she wanted to be a pilot. Unfortunately, once she researched how to achieve her dream, she found out that the training to qualify would cost €100,000. Lisa also realised that she

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Why Millions of Women are marching for Women’s Rights

Yesterday, millions of women marched in cities around the world to protest Donald Trumps reign, and to stand up for women’s rights. Reports say that 500,000 women took part in Washington alone with Irish women also making their voices heard in Dubin and all across Ireland yesterday. Within hours of becoming president Trump removed all

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Sinead Kane…. Wow…. Just Wow…

So what are you up to this weekend? Here at Shona, we plan to have a nice lie in, watch some Netflix (okay, a lot of Netflix) and maybe go for a bit of an oul stroll if the rain holds off. On Saturday, Sinead Kane will be preparing to run a Marathon in the Antarctic. That’s

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Are you being bullied? Heres what we want you to know.

Yesterday we shared a post by a girl who realised as a woman that she had bullied another girl in school to the brink of suicide. This seemed to strike a cord, and we received a few messages from girls who were going through a really hard time and wanted to tell us about it. If you

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You’ll never guess what this Irish woman is doing right now..

We Irish girls need to see female role models in all aspects of life, business, arts, sport, politics, society, and science. This we know for sure. And we’re working on that. But answer me this, did you ever, in your wildest dreams think that in your lifetime you’d see a red headed Irish woman in

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9-year-old trans girl makes history with National Geographic cover

We devoted our entire January 2017 Special Issue to an exploration of gender—get it now on iOS: https://t.co/Gp06vqjZBg #GenderRevolution pic.twitter.com/vtWWukVEtg — National Geographic (@NatGeo) December 16, 2016 This is 9-year-old Avery Jackson,  a beautiful young lady who has shared the story of her transition with us on youtube. Appearing on this months National Geographic, she says, “The best

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Edwina Kelly: Not your average make up artist!!

Edwina Kelly has been a professional make-up artist for the last 18 years; working in Film, TV and Commercials. A specialist in prosthetic’s and special effects make up, her credits include Ripper Street, Penny Dreadful and making Mario Rosenstock look like Miriam O’Callaghan. How did she get such a cool job? Lets ask her… Growing up in the

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