The weight of secrets

So we’ve all heard the term “coming out” and we know that it refers to someone from the LGBT community telling their friends and family the truth about themselves. We’ve all heard the good and the bad stories; parents who say they always knew and those who refuse to accept the facts and the relationships that

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What the actual fudge?

Discovery magazine, which aims to “give girls age eight and up the advice, encouragement and inspiration they need to get through those difficult pre-teen years”, is in really, really big trouble this week. Take a look why… This sh-mag, is basically telling 8-13 year olds that their body shape is something they should be worrying

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Squad goals: Marathon Badass

This is Kathrine Switzer. She is a marathon runner.No biggie right? These days we are used to seeing pictures of thousands of men and women crossing the line at Marathons in New york, Boston, London, Dublin, Dingle. In 1967, marathons weren’t as big a deal. In Boston, less than 1,000 runners registered and were rewarded at

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How to study like a pro.

Exams are stressful and study is boring. Fact. Most of us would rather trim the lawn with a nail scissors than study. If we’re honest, we are inclined to lock ourselves in a room for two hours organising our sock drawer or thinking about what our death row meal would be, and then clapping ourselves on

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How to talk your way into a part time job

Summa is coming, and your parents pockets are only so deep so its time to find yourself a job. So how do you get a job when you have no experience? Tip 1: Don’t get your Mammy to go around the town handing out CV’s. Every time a Mammy hands in a CV it goes straight

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Squad Goals: Iris Apfel

If you want to start a gang of worlds most fabulous creatures, you should probably start by giving Iris Apfel a call. At age 94, Iris has been the unofficial queen of New York for over 60 years. You know why? Because she couldn’t give a damn what you or anyone else thinks. Iris is one of

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Why is “you love yourself” an insult?

When someone confronts us, or picks on us, our instinct is usually to either get upset and feel small, or to see red and retaliate. For example, one of the most common ‘insults’ I hear of is the age-old, go-to: How would you react to this? 1: Get upset and cry. This is exactly what the bully hopes

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Is a shecanic even a thing?

We all assume there are a number of careers that are available to us, and mechanic is not usually one of them. Have a look at Patrice Banks, who says “I couldn’t find a female mechanic, so I became one.” Patrice posted a poll on facebook in 2011 asking her female friends to name their No

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Summer Reading

There are some really cool young adult books out at the moment. Have a look at some of our favourites below: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson: David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real

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Workshopping

Today I was lucky to get to speak with this lovely group of first years in the Presentation Convent Kilkenny. These girls were super smart and very understanding when we had a few technical issues!  I asked the girls for some suggestions on how we can make the programme even better and one girl had a great

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Welcome to reality

Australian teenager Essena O’Neill had over half a million followers on Instagram when she was 18. Her pictures showed her fabulous life, perfect body and amazing wardrobe, until one day she realised that her pics were contributing to the pressure teens feel to have the perfect, but unrealistic life.   Essena went back and re-captioned

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Hey you! Watch this video…

Good morning, Its Sunday morning, and you’re probably lying in bed wondering what to do with your day, your week, or your life.Before you decide, watch this video.

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Putting the ‘Baller’ in ‘Ballerina’

Meet Frostine Shake… Shes a badass. Frostine, 30, from Austin Texas works as a make up artist and model, and is a classically trained ballerina. Having danced from age 6 or 7, Frostine quit ballet as a teenager because of the pressure she felt to be thin. When she was 18, she discovered burlesque dancing and says “I started

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Once Upon a Time…

From a young age, I have loved to write, and find writing about my worries helps me get my head straight. I came across this story about a new initiative for young writers today in the Irish Times. Fighting Words is a path to freedom, a resource, a nest, a friend, a challenger, an oasis,

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7 Year old with no hands wins handwriting competition

Love, love, love, love, love this story. Anaya Ellick from Virginia was born with no hands, and recently beat 50 other kids to win first prize in a handwriting competition. Tracy Cox, the principal of Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake told ABCNews: “There is truly very little that this girl cannot do”. Anaya does not use prosthetic

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On Body Issues…

We all have body issues, there are aspects of all our bodies that we love, and some that we hate. Heres the thing, our hearts, minds and souls are what makes us special, the body is just the vessel in which all the important stuff is contained. Have a look at the post below by Sarah

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16-Year-Old Girl Killed During a Fight in Her School’s Bathroom

“This is not only an unspeakable tragedy for her family, but also for the school, and the entire community.” On Thursday, a 16-year-old sophomore girl at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware, died after a fight with multiple other students in a school bathroom. “There was an altercation that initially started between two

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