How to Register To Vote

Yesterday, it was revealed that over 150,000 young people are not registered to vote in Ireland. This was shocking to us as in just over 3 weeks, Ireland will be holding one of the most highly anticipated votes in years. As young people we often feel unheard, ignored and invisible when it comes to the

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Coco’s story: Bullying takes another life

In 18th January 2018, 21 year old Nicole ‘Coco’ Fox Fenlon took her own life after years of horrendous bullying. The bullying started when Nicole turned 18, with her bullies allegedly burning her with cigarettes, pulling her hair, pushing her, and spreading vicious rumours about her online. Now Coco’s mother, Jackie Fox, is leading a

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U2’s New Video Celebrates Dublin’s LGBT+ Youth

U2 are as much a part of Irish culture as St Patrick himself. They created anthems which saw us through our biggest challenges, the troubles in the North, equality, loss and so on. Over the past 42 years their songs have been anthems, and most of us grew up in homes with at least 3

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My War With OCD: Rebecca Ryan

Rebecca Ryan is smart, well spoken, capable and a published author at 16. She also has OCD which, in the past, has controlled her life, and prevented her from being able to deal with anything blue, the number 4 (or multiples of) and resulted in her climbing through her windows because of her fear of

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How to be a Good Friend to Someone who’s Struggling

We’ve been following RTE’s youth mental health initiative this week and are super impressed with all the amazing materials they have made (just follow #RTEBigPic for more). Loveliest of all is how positive the conversations have been about what is traditionally a dark and sad conversation. The messages are hopefull and honest, which is exactly

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The Instagram Account You Should Definitely be Following…

This week RTE have a really special campaign to promote youth mental health. On Sunday they unveiled a beautiful piece of Joe Caslin artwork on the side of the RTE building. We’ve heard frank chats across their radio programmes from Joanne McNally, Bressie and others, and there is lots more to come, including a chat

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Shona Meets: Pearl Natasha

Zimbabwean-Irish singer Pearl Natasha has enjoyed critical acclaim in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Malawi. She has played  international stages including Live & Unsigned for Sea Sessions, Lake of STARS Festival & HIFA; radio and TV including Highland Radio, ZiFM Stereo, ZBC TV and Ocean FM Ireland; sharing her unique blend of Diasporan-Pop, featuring heavy African roots, lyrical ballads reminiscent of Irish

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A girls story: By Shaunagh

The year my parents separated was the year my whole world completely crashed and to say my mental health suffered was an understatement. I went from being a severely athletic young girl who loved her body and everything that she was to a complete hermit who hated any sort of interaction with the world and

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Kelly’s Therapy Diary: Part 3

I had my 4th session with Pat today. He had well bad coffee breath, it was knockin’ me sick!  I was a bit tired an’ all cos mam had the telly up way too high watchin’ Game of Thrones so I couldn’t fall asleep proper. Daft bint! Anyway, I went in to Pat as usual,

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A chat with Zlata Filipovic: By Libby

In her first post for shona.ie, Libby had a chat with Zlata Filipovic, a hugely accomplished writer and filmmaker who lived through a horrendous war which forever changed her home country. Take it away Libby… “I think I’ve managed to retain this complete optimism and love of humanity and belief that people are good.” Ladies

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The Girl Who Made Periods Cute…

Nobody likes talking about periods. Period. They may not be fun, but they’re for sure nothing to be ashamed of. And the more we talk about them, the more empowered we are to deal with issues such as menstruation. Californian artist, Annie Wong wanted to shift the stigma and turn periods into something positive, and

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Calling All Future Rock Stars!

Calling all Rockers!! Our good friends at Girls Rock Dublin do great work to encourage girls to empower themselves through music. Each year they run an amazing summer camp, which allows the next Joan Jett or Alanis Morissette to learn from the best Ireland has to offer.  Girls Rock are basically our cooler, edgier friend who

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Kesha Celebrates LGBT Love in her New Video

You guys know how much we love Kesha. We have mentioned it once or twice. For her new music video ” “I Need a Woman to Love Me,” Kesha, who has been an ally of the LGBT community since forever, actually legally officiated a lesbian wedding. The couple; Lindsay and Dani had a beautiful day filled

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How to Upgrade Your Convo Game

Conversations…… uurgh. When it comes to actually talking to other humans in real life, most of us would rather stick needles in our eyeballs. But having decent chat game is a really important life skill for getting ahead in life. Being able to really engage with others is vital when it comes to getting jobs,

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Book Club: The Colour Purple

Last month our book club chose ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker to be the first book that we read. We chose it because it seemed perfect to bring us together and discuss the storyline along with the fact that we were all kinda looking for something inspiring. It is also extremely talked about when

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Calling all Budding Entrepreneurs!!!

Hey, do you have a head for business or an idea for a product that you’d like to explore some day? Why not start now? Katie McGloin is a Shona ambassador with more accolades and awards than most of the adults we know. At 15, she started KT Clothing, a gender neutral clothing line for

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This Kid…. ❤️

Yesterday in the US, tens of thousands of young people marched to demand stricter gun control. The speeches were all eloquent, heartfelt and unyielding, but without a doubt the star of the day was nine year old Yolanda Renee King. Yolanda, who is the Grandaughter of Martin Luther King, took to the stage with Parkland

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ICYMI: Guest Post: On Insecurities

This post was originally shared in 2016, just as Rachel was about to turn 18. As she looked back on her teenage years, she thought 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.

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