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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Herstory Illuminates: This is just the coolest…

If you haven’t come across Herstory yet, you need to check it out. Led by the fabulous Melanie Lynch, they aim to “tell the multi-faceted, lost, forgotten and untold life stories of Irish women from history and today; to capture their individual characters, achievements, and the patriarchal dogma they challenged.” You can read some of the amazing

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Girlfest pictures and Video

We had such a good time at Girlfest, talking about everything; likes, selfies, goals, friends, challenges and amazing people. Thanks to everyone who came and took part. Click below to see some of the pictures.

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We need to talk about this meme…

One of the very first posts that we published on Shona.ie was a piece naming Lizzie Velasquez our inspirational person of the day. Lizzie was born with Marfan Syndrome, which means that her body can’t store fat. She is also a very successful motivational speaker and author who speaks out about bullying and social media trolls.

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Women on Walls, how awesome is this?

The Royal Irish Academy is an organisation for the most brilliant academics.  It was founded in 1785 and is as gloriously fancy as its sounds. Walking through the august halls, Michelle Cullen and Eithne Harley from Accenture noticed that the portrait lined walls featured not one woman, and decided to do something about it. They

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The Gals of St Als

Last week, I visited the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years girls in St Al’s School Carrigtwohill. The girls were open, honest and respectful, and poured their hearts into their goals, apologies and promises. In the future, these girls want to be animators, vets, camogie players, teachers, soldiers, actors, singers, and world leaders. Above all, most wanted to

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