Why I freakin’ love science: By Dr Claire Murray

Science Week 12th-19th November 2017 is alive and kicking. This is really exciting for science lovers who want to talk about science all the time, but some people think science is boring. I have spent over ten years working in science so I strongly disagree with them. To persuade you that science is awesome, I

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A Second Chance, by Niamh Cahill

Earlier this week, we came across Niamh in a beautiful serendipitous moment. Aged 19, Niamh was diagnosed with the same condition (auto immune encephalitis and an acquired Brain Injury) as Shona, same hospital, same doctor, same story. Just like Shona, Niamh’s life hung in the balance for some time, but, thankfully, she survived, and fought her way

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When Sophie met the Hunreal Andrea Horan

If you haven’t heard of the HunReal issues you really need to get onto it fast! I had the pleasure of catching up with Andrea Horan the woman behind it and madam of Tropical Popical, our fav place to get our nails looking hot. The HunReal Issues came about around the time of the last

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How bikes changed the lives of these African students…

In Umoja secondary school in Eldoret, Kenya, Muslim girls are riding bikes to school. In rural Kenya, many students can’t go to school because of distance. Most girls can’t go to school as they have hours and hours of jobs to do around the house. Now cycling is changing all of that. In Kenya, it

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How Aisling won “European Young Chef 2017″…

If you’re ever in the mood for an omelette, and you live in the Galway area, Aisling Rock is your only woman. The 21 year old Culinary Arts student at GMIT has just returned home from Barcelona with the title of European Chef Young Chef 2017. Aisling was the only female Chef in the final.

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Stranger Things Star Winona on Meeting her Bully as a grown up.

Stranger Things star, Winona Ryder, has recently spoken about meeting her childhood bully in a situation we can all only dream of. She started by sharing the awful experience she had in school “I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit,.As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘Hey, f***** [that

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Where will you focus your energy today?

The world seems to be full of inspirational speakers and self-help books. Its hard to find one who can really cut through the crap and get to the bones of how you feel and how we can all stop stressing ourselves out about things that don’t really matter. Brené Brown is your only woman. Everything

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Feminism 101: By Katie

feminism ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/ noun noun: feminism the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Feminism is the theory of political, social & economic equality between the sexes. At its root, feminism is about achieving equality among the sexes, it is campaigning for women to be given the same opportunities as

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Stop what you’re doing because we found the perfect podcast

Here at Shona, we are the worlds biggest podcast nerds. Ask us a podcast related question and you will be dragged into a vortex of “oh, what about,” “hey have you tried”, “oh that sounds, good, let me write that one down” and you will regret ever muttering the term out loud. Podcasts are the

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Ashley Graham speaks the truth…

Y’all know Ashley Graham right? She is the gorgeous creature who single handedly revolutionised the modelling industry by sashaying right into the middle of it and saying. “Yo. Listen up!! Ashley has arrived!!” Despite coming up against critisism, hate and nonsense, time and time again, Ashley stays focused on the opinions of those who matter,

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We made the news!!!

Last Friday, the lovely Eleanor Mannion from RTE news came to hang out with us and the girls from the Presentation secondary school in Kilkenny. We had such a lovely day, these girls are so lovely, so honest, and so open. Meet them all below…….

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Oh how we miss Michelle Obama..

Anyone who reads our site knows how utterly in love we are with Michelle Obama. We miss her so much it hurts. Michelle has always been a voice for women and girls, and really encourages us all to take an active role in our own futures, and to build communities in which we support and

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How to stop a bully dead in their tracks…

Bullies have existed since the dawn of time. Often as a result of having no power or control in their own lives, bullies take out their frustration on easy targets, for no other reason than that, they are easy targets. They may have even tried to bully others before they get to the one who

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Why Maysen is Walking from Cork to Donegal…

Can we all just take a second to appreciate Maysen Forbes, who is currently walking 560 miles from the bottom to the top of Ireland, to raise awareness and funds for Mental Health Ireland. Maysen, who has suffered with “anxiety, depression and self-harm” in the past, is just over half way through her monster hike, which

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Why I Shared my Story: By Ash

Last week, at the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland awards, the lights went dim, and Aisling’s video was shared across three massive screens with 600 strangers. Her honesty and bravery blew the entire audience away on the night, and since then, over 6 thousand (and still rising) people have watched it on the SEI Facebook page. The

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Why we March: By Kate, aged 14

Every 30 September, people from all over the country gather together at the March for Choice in Dublin to march in solidarity to Repeal the 8th Amendment. With a referendum just around the corner, it’s as important than ever to stand together to Repeal the 8th. The Citizens’ Assembly has shown that Ireland is pro-choice, and it’s important for

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Demi Lovato’s new documentary looks epic!

We’re all little “Simply Complicated” and  the rich and famous are no different. Demi Lovato’s history of mental health and addiction issues have been well played out. Most of us get tagged in some unfortunate photos after the odd night out but Demi’s teenage years unfolded in front of the entire world, and she had

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Who is Rosie the Riveter?

Everyone knows the iconic ‘Rosie The Riveter’ picture., the inspirational poster from the American government that encouraged women to enter the workforce during World War 2. The poster fast became a cultural icon and one of the most famous feminist symbols of the war era. Over the years the photo has been recreated by many

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