Guest Interview: My War With OCD

Rebecca Ryan is smart, well spoken, capable and a published author at 16. She also has OCD which, in the past, has controlled her life, and prevented her from being able to deal with anything blue, the number 4 (or multiples of) and resulted in her climbing through her windows because of her fear of

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Queer Kids Stuff: Breaking down for kids what it means to be LGBT

When you see it for yourself, it seems like such an obvious idea that is long overdue. This new web series explains what it means to be LGBT in simple language for young children. “Queer Kids Stuff“ is created and produced by Lindsey Amer and is intended to start conversations between kids and adults in a

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Why don’t I fit in at school?

As we all return to school, some of us are also seeing the return of that awful sinking associated with the dread of having to exist in a  place where we have never felt like we can be ourselves. So many of us just don’t feel like we fit in at school. We can find

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My Trans Diary: Hollywood has a Trans Problem

Hollywood has a Trans problem. Just after my last article went online, it was announced that actor Matthew Bomer would play a female trans sex worker in the adaptation of stage play Anything for the big screen. Too often this is the case with Hollywood films dealing with trans experiences. We are resigned to either

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Happy Roald Dahl Day!

Okay, it was yesterday, and we missed it. But, in our defence, we think every day should be Roald Dahl Day. Dahl instilled a love of books in hundreds of thousands of kids and inspired many to of his readers to become the writers we read today. In his honour, this is our favourite quote, our

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10 things FLOTUS wants girls to know.

Michelle Obama is a legend. Fact. Everything she says is simple and relatable, and she never sounds preachy. Here are some of the best pieces of advice she has shared for girls…. 1. “There is no boy, at this age, cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting an education. If I had

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5 Apps you NEED for School.

You know that phones are not just good for sending your friend snaps of you doing ‘pigface’, right? Although those are always funny. There are lots of apps out there to help you study, we have picked the best ones for you. Sraith Pictiúr (iPad/iPhone, Android, free) Ah the oul Sraith, impossible repitition of stories you’ll be hearing

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Urgent: You HAVE to watch this Kenzo ad!

A perfume ad is a perfume ad, am I right? A pretty lady runs through a meadow/jungle/abandoned city pouting at the camera while wisps of her hair float softly around her perfect face. A man in a suit/white shirt/linen trouser combo/ his scunders sees her from afar and is instantly transfixed by her. Their eyes meet. It’s

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My Trans Diary

We have a new columnist here at Shona. Alexandra Day has offered to write us regular pieces about her journey, her life, her family, and her opinions. Oh Hey Alexandra! Tell us about Yourself??? My name is Alexandra Day and I am a transwoman but that is not all I am. Perhaps a slightly pretentious

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How Not to Help a Friend Who is Feeling Down

This post was written on Your Mental Health. We thought it was worth sharing….. When someone is feeling down or going through a tough time, it’s important to take them seriously and to give them some space to explain what is going on for them, and how they feel about it.  Avoid responses which reject

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Selena Takes Time to Look after her Mental Health

Yesterday, Selena Gomez announced that she will be taking a break from her career to take the time to focus on her mental health. In October 2015, Selena told her fans that she had been diagnosed with Lupus and was undergoing chemotherapy, saying at the time: Thank you to all my fans for your support. You

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Katie Laffan, Ready for the Picnic

Katie Laffan arrived with a bang on the music scene two years ago aged 17 when she appeared on the cover of the special ‘Big Break’ issue of Hot Press. Currently preparing to play at this years Electric Picnic, Katie had a chat with us about her music and prepared us a playlist of her favourite songs. Do

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ICYMI: Kellie O’Farrell, Burns Survivor

Some years ago, I watched a really touching documentary about Kellie O’Farrell, a young Longford girl, who had survived a fire when she was two, which resulted in most of her body being covered in substantial burns. Her story has stayed with me ever since, and this week I was delighted when she agreed to

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Sorcha Richardson: An Irish songbird in NY

Dublin born Sorcha Richardson moved to New York in 2009 to study in The New School, a progressive edge arts college. This week, Sorcha is releasing some of her new music, and shared her new song, Walk Away with us, have a listen here: Sorcha, tell us about you the relationship you had with music growing

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How to be Bullied

Until I turned 14 my life was pretty textbook. I was the 2nd of three kids with an older sister and younger brother, a Mam and a Dad a dog and a cat. Everything was fine. Somewhere between 1st and 2nd year everything imploded and the ground was pulled out from beneath me. Within a

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Paralegend: Hayley Fitzsimons

  Hayley Fitzsimons may have shorter legs than you or I, but she’s well able to kick the world up the arse with them. Those legs have taken Hayley to America, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Dubai, Qatar and the UK. In her first year major competition in the Czech Republic in  2012, she took home gold in the

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Guest Post: I’m a Big Girl, and I’m Fine with That.

Clodagh wrote this post for us about making peace with how she looks… For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the way I am. Seems like a pretty vague statement. But it’s true… what is that way? FAT. F. A. T. Fat… I’ve heard every joke I can think of from bullies, all my life. I’ve

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What do my Leaving Cert results say about me?

Leaving Cert results are out in the morning, and girls and their families around the country will not sleep a wink tonight as tomorrow they find out the magic number that will dictate their future for possibly the next few years. I have no idea what I got in my leaving cert. That is the God’s honest

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