Squad goals: Emma Watson

Emma Watson is the best friend/ big sister you need in your life. We first saw her as a wee scrap of a thing in Harry Potter, but since then she has used her fame as a platform to create change, spread love and put positivity into the world. In 2014, Emma visited Bangladesh and Zambia,

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Reader Letter: A Pretentious ‘Summary’ of My Life So Far

Last night, we received this letter from a girl who took part in a workshop before Christmas. If you have ever struggled you need to read it…. Dear Tammy, or any other beautiful soul that is reading this; Hi! I’m ***, and I’m fourteen, and back in about October or November of 2016 you came

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#thisgirlcan

This new ad by Sport England is a joy to behold as it celebrates women of all shapes and sizes who sweat and jiggle and wobble and laugh with red sweaty faces full of joy. The ad aims to help women overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many women and girls from joining in.

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Its never just about bathrooms: By Alexandra

This article was going to be one of the happier ones. I planned to return after a five-month absence with the news that I’d started on estrogen patches and was finally moving forward with my medical transition after a long road getting there. Then something far more important for our community happened. The tangerine whinge

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There’s a transgender doll, and its fabulous!

Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest ever people to be documented as transgender (according to the New York Times). Although she was born male, she has always identified as female, and now she has her own doll, which is all kinds of amazing. “I consider myself to just be a normal, teenage girl so…the doll

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Anti-drug video made by Irish Kids goes viral

This amazing video about the dangers of drugs has become a viral hit, and has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times in the last few days. Made by Newtown Abbey Arts and Cultural Drama group, it opens with some flashes of media headlines, before showing two teenage girls starting out a fun night that

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Why you need to use your voice; By Sophie Kane

Sophie Kane is back to tell us about how important it is for us to use our voices and stand up for what we believe in. Don’t for one minute feel that because you are young, or because you are a girl, that no-one will listen. It doesn’t matter whether its animal welfare, environmental issues, women’s

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Guest Post: My Not So Fairy Castle

Last week we shared Aisling’s first post. Here she writes about how some days, all she wants to do is stay in bed. Most days, she gets up anyway, one day at a time. My bed is my castle. Nothing can come near me and nothing can harm me when I’m in my bed. Whenever I’m

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Niamh Scanlon: The coding hero you need to know about..

At 15, Niamh Scanlon has already achieved so much more than most adults. In December 2015, she was named EU Digital Girl of the Year. Niamh started learning to code when she was nine, and she soon started to develop apps and websites. According to Niamh, coding is a form of creativity just like learning to

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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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Are you struggling today??

Are you struggling today? Do you feel like noone sees you? Do you feel like everyone else is speaking a language you don’t understand? Do you wonder if you will ever find a place to thrive and blossom and stand tall? Are you wishing you could find the strength to stand up to those whose

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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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Guest Blog: ‘My Black Dog’ by Aisling

Last year I gave up playing soccer, as I couldn’t seem to stay off crutches, and my age was catching up with me. Playing right back, Aisling was usually on my left, cleaning up all my mistakes, running faster than any other player on the pitch and astounding us all with her talent. She is beautiful,

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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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