Living With PCOS: By Joy

It is thought that up to 1 in 5 women have polycystic ovaries and that 1 in 10 have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). I am that one in ten. PCOS is basically a really common condition of hormonal imbalance that a lot of women and young girls have. The female hormones of oestrogen and progestogen are lower than in

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Can you help Roisin and Jovana with their research?

Hi everyone, Our names are Roisin and Jovana, two transition year girls from ArdScoil Na Mara in Tramore. We are both aged 14 and are in 2nd year. We have qualified for this year’s BT Young Scientist Exhibition with our project called “Cervical Check and the HPV Vaccine- Information, Opinion and Fake News”. This is

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Living With Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a touchy and difficult subject, being traditionally a very misunderstood mental illness. It is generally viewed as rapid mood swings, but these “mood swings,” are usually months long, having very extreme ups and downs. People affected by it experience crushing depression and then inflated, maniac-like happiness, receiving impulses (often self-destructive) that are

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Eh? Am I A Feminist? By Libby

Recently, I’ve thinking a lot about the word “feminism”. I always identified as a feminist, anyone who knows me will agree that it’s basically all I ever talk about. But I don’t know if I like that about myself. I think sometimes we get ourselves into these little bubbles where we don’t open up our

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20 Amazing Facts About Women

Women are deadly, we know this. But here are some interesting facts about the fairer sex that you may not have heard before… The two highest IQ scores ever recorded belonged to women In 1770 it was proposed in British Parliament that any women who wore make-up should be prosecuted for witchcraft More women than

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Shona Girls Work With RTE for #BigPicture

So far, 2018 has been a massive year for the women of Ireland. As a country, we’ve had massive highs and lows, with some powerful collective initiatives like the #metoo movement  & the referendum, and some disheartening moments like the recent sexual assault case in which a girl’s underwear was used as a way to

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All those Instagram followers, but how many friends?

1000 followers and 700 Facebook friends, but who can you call? I’m not good at making friends, I think it’s to do with my depression. I tend to shut people out or I take a long time to open up and let people in. Something I’m sure of is my family. There’s four girls in my

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How To Get A Husband, 1958 Edition 💍

This is gas, albeit a little shocking. This article from a 1958 edition of “McCalls” magazine went viral this week as it shared 129 ways for the young women of the era to hook a man. The tips are insanely sexist, demeaning, politically incorrect on so many levels, but also kinda hilarious. The 16 people

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Grief, Its the Little Things: By Catherine

One of our readers submitted this post in the hopes it would help anyone who is experiencing loss. Grief is a very difficult thing to understand or articulate and we felt that this reader told her story beautifully. Please read to the end for more advice… I have a box of Ikea sandwich bags which

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The Story of Ruby Bridges

When your alarm goes off at 7am on a Monday morning and you have to drag yourself out of bed, do you ever think about how lucky you are to be able to go to school in the first place? Probably not… 58 years ago today, on November 14, 1960, 6 year old Ruby Bridges

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Social Media and Me: By Naoishe

When I was 17, I became very ill with conditions that were later diagnosed as P.O.T Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and M.E. so being at home a lot sick has meant I spent quite a lot of time on social media! In fact, being at home so much with my illnesses often made me confused as to

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As Gaeilge: All About Lipstick 💋💋💋

A couple of weeks ago, we shared this wonderful piece As Gaeilge to help you to improve your Irish vocabulary, and nail that perfect eyeliner flick at the same time. It went down a treat and you guys were super spreagtha (excited).  So, as today is #Gaeilge24, the day for all schools to speak only Irish,

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10 Signs You’re Overwhelmed and How To Fix It

You can’t sleep or you have trouble waking up in the morning. TRY Start a bed time routine, which will hopefully give your brain the hint that sleep should be on the way. Go to bed at the right time every night, not too late but not too early either. You should feel tired but

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Who is… Maya Angelou

In case you didn’t know by know, Maya Angelou is one of our all time favourite people. Born in Missouri in 1928, Maya had a very difficult childhood as she grew up in a time when the blacks and whites in the South were still segregated. Her family life was unstable at times but she flourished,

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Guest Post: 5 Ways to Love Your Body

We are often told that we should love the body that we are in and embrace our curves and how strong is the new skinny.  But do we actually follow or believe this advice or do we still focus on the areas of our bodies we want to change? The following 5 steps might help you become

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Life After Depression: By Skye 💖

Hey there Shona readers! My name’s Skye, I’m a new member of the Shona Youth Ambassadors and for my first article I’m gonna talk to you all about mental health, specifically depression, anxiety and the stigma around them in the hopes it might help educate you on your own mental health or simply give you

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The Breathing Technique That Reduces Anxiety

Anxiety and stress are taking over our lives. The world is moving faster and faster and we all struggle at times to keep up. As a result we feel so overwhelmed and that feeling manifests itself in anxiousness and panic. At Shona, we seek advice from many mental health professionals on how best to cope

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14 Empowering Songs That Cause A Stir

There is nothing more motivating and empowering than music. Music has the power to reach into your soul and lift it up when you most need it, it reads your mind and speaks to you, helping you to find the words you need to express yourself. We’ve put together a playlist of our favourite anthems,

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