Need a pep talk? We got you covered…

We don’t let many boys hang out here at shona.ie, but in this case we’re making an exception. Meet your new idol, Kid President. Need a pep talk? KP has possibly the best pep talk ever given. Kid President has interviewed President Obama, kissed Beyoncé, launched his own TV show and his book, Kid President’s Guide to

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Youth Council Profile: Meet Clodagh

Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to our new youth council, Ireland’s fabbest young women. Each of our members will tell us about themselves, and share why they decided to join us. This week, meet Clodagh, a 20 year old English and French student, currently in Nantes, France on her year abroad.  Clodagh

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Words hurt. Fact.

There are many types of verbal abuse, trolling, cyber bullying, slut shaming, exclusion, we all know them. But do you think we would be so ready to do it if we could literally see the effects our words have on people faces? Photographer, Richard Jones has joined forces to create a project called ‘Weapon of

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Tracey Ulmans sexism skit wins the internet today.

Tracey Ullman has been making people laugh for decades. But in her new show on BBC, she really highlights how ridiculous and frustrating people’s attitudes to sexual assault victims can be. In the video, she plays a detective who applies the same line of questioning often used for assault victims to a man who has

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How to talk to someone who’s depressed: by Ash

Very few people know how to respond when people when they say they struggle with mental illness. Here’s some things that have been said to me that made me irritated/belittled. There’s also a few responses at the end. “Oh that’s shit I get pretty depressed too. Especially when everyone goes out and I don’t and

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On coming out: By Caitlin

Caitlin came out to her closest friends 4 years ago. Now fully out and very happy, she has written this piece in the hopes that sharing her experience might help  someone else going through the same thing…. Learning to be Proud: A Reflection on the Awkwardness of Self-Discovery I accepted at some stage in my

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What Does Depression Look like?

People who suffer from depression often find it hard to verbalise or explain how they feel. Sometimes, a picture can tell a thousand words. Janelia Moud has been working on a project called “A Girl Called Meloncholy- A story of Depression” in which she uses images of a character with no face to explain the

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All our favourite Dr. Seuss quotes in honour of his birthday

Pretty much all of us grew up reading Dr. Seuss. But now that we’re a little older, we can really appreciate how much wisdom that little cat with his hat actually shared. Today would have been Dr S’s 112th birthday, and to celebrate we’re sharing all his best quotes in the one go. Enjoy x

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Guest Post: Its okay to NOT be different, by Clodagh

With so much talk and advertisement – mainly aimed at us young folk –  to “be ourselves”, to not be afraid to “be different” and “stand out from the crowd”, it’s a wonder that there’s any social clubs or societies left, because god forbid we have the same interest as someone else! We are encouraged

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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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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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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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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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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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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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10 Things us girls need to stop shaming each other about

Us girls are divils for judging each other. Instead of embracing our differences, we constantly compete to be the prettiest, the smartest, the most popular, the most athletic, the skinniest. When we look in the mirror, we always look at our faults, and therefore, looking for faults in others makes us feel better about ourselves. This

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