The Safe Halls Challenge: Marino

Last month we visited Marino College in Dublin and talked to the girls about their relationships with each other, and about how important it is to have an open heart, a positive mindset, and steely determination no matter what life throws at you. Marino were the first school to take part in the Safe Halls Challenge,

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Guest Post: Who is Emily Doe?

We have all heard (unless living under a rock) of the Brock Turner sexual assault case that broke in the U.S some months ago. Well what about “Emily Doe”? Emily Doe was his victim. This post is NOT going to be about the vile being that is Brock Turner. This post is NOT going to

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Today We Rise….

This video really sums up what The Shona Project is all about. We aim to help, inspire and empower girls to dream big, and to have the strength, determination and resilience to achieve those dreams. As Eleanor Rosevelt,  our favourite first lady (pre-Michelle, obvs) once said “No one can make you feel inferior without your

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The Keane Sisters: Two young businesswomen to watch.

When we heard the story of ‘Izzy Wheels’ on Nationwide, we really had to contact the girls to hear the lovely story behind this new business run by designer, Ailbhe Keane aged 23 from Galway. Isabel, Ailbhe’s younger sister was born with Spina Bifida and uses a wheelchair. She wanted to be able to customise her

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Gillian Anderson has your back.

To be honest, she freaks us out a little on ‘The Fall’ with her tough, cold, non smiling, intimidating death stare, but it turns our Gillian Anderson is actually pretty sound. In March, Gillian will release ‘We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere’, which she says will help young women like your good selves deal with confidence

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The St Paul’s Girls

A week or so ago, I got to spend a day in St Pauls Community College in Waterford. Of all the workshops I’ve done, this is the most surreal for me, as this is where I went to school, where I was bullied, and the place I swore I’d never set foot in again. I’m

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Meet Argentina’s First Teacher with Down Sydrome

When Noelia Garella was a little girl, her parents had to fight to get her into school.  Now 31, Garella just became Argentina’s first teacher with Down syndrome, joining an elite group of teachers around the world who are proving that optimism and determination can break down even the toughest stereotypes. Garella told the news

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Interview: Kate McGuane Designer

Cork Based ceramicist and designer Kate McGuane talks to us about how to embrace and nourish your creative spirit. Hi Kate, you are a very talented young designer. Where you always artistic? Thank you Tammy. I was definitely a creative child. I can remember spending hours colouring, drawing and painting when I was quite young and nothing

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Squad Goals: Alanis Morisette

Are you pissed off? Do you hate your parents? Did a boy break your heart? Our gift to you today is Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morisette. In 1995, girls were cute, sparkly and spoke in high pitched voices about boys and fashion. Those who didn’t were kept in dark places away from daylight as society

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To the Marino Girls

Hi Girls, I was so happy to spend time with you all today. You all reminded me a lot of myself at age 14-15.  I could tell that most of you are dealing with challenges, and that you all know that life can be hard. We had a lovely moment when one girl decided to

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Amanda Seyfried on Mental Illness

  The amazing Amanda Seyfried talked about her struggle with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) in this months Allure magazine. She said that people don’t take mental illness as seriously as physical illness. Amanda takes medication to remain mentally healthy and says that she would never stop her meds just to avoid the stigma attached with it.

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Hush Now!! Michelle is speaking.

We are obsessed with Michelle Obama. We have been very clear about this in the past. Earlier this week Michelle spoke out about Trumps attitude to women and gave us all a masterclass on how to shut down a massive toolbucket with dignity, grace and intelligence. Take it away Shellie.

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The Worlds Most Amazing Letter

Sometimes, after we visit schools, we get emails from girls to tell us about their lives. Sometimes they ask for help, and we are happy to refer them to people in their areas that can do that. Sometimes, they want a good oul vent, and that’s grand too. Sometimes it to say they liked our

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Aoife Mullane: Print Queen

Aoife Mullane from Bray is killing it right now. Nominated for lots of awards including the Image Interiors & Living Design Awards, her designs are really, really  beautiful. We asked the NCAD graduate about making her passion her job. Hi Aoife, you are a very talented young designer. Were you always artistic? I have always enjoyed being

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Guest Post: A Letter to My Bully

M, I saw you yesterday, you were in town with your kids. You looked tired, the kids were acting up, you wore no wedding ring and you didn’t smile once. I had no desire to say hello, or for you to see me. Maybe you did, I’m not sure. If you did, did you think

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Balbriggan Girls Slay at Young Scientists Europe

Teenagers Maria Lousie Fufezan and Diana Bura were the winners of the BT Young Scientist Competition in January, and just this week came third in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Brussels. Their winning project was called ‘An Investigation into the Effects of Enzymes used in Animal Feed Additives on the Lifespan of

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Audrie & Daisy is finally on Netflix!

Daisy Coleman was 14 years old when she woke up on her front lawn with her hair frozen to the ground after attending a party with her older brothers friend. Soon after, Audrie Pott, aged 15  was sexually assaulted at a house party. A week later, Audrie was dead, having committed suicide. This new Netflix

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8 TV Ads that will inspire you.

TV Advertising is big business, and its really amazing when big brands use their advertising time to send a message and inspire. Here are a few of our favourites.   This one shows that we pick up our insecurities from our Mothers. All our bodies, and our Mother’s, are awesome. 2. This one shows that as

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