Why Representation Matters, A Twitter Thread

We’ve never done this before. This post is literally just a series of tweets, which should apply to every minority, no matter what your race, sexuality, or gender. Representation matters. Kimberly says it all just perfectly…. You’re 8 years old. Your 3rd grade class orders chinese food & your father delivers it. You are so

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How Are We Doing?

  Yeah we’re so needy! Its true. We really want to make sure that the content we share is good, that we cover the right things, and that you love us as much as we love you. So, if you could spare 5 minutes to complete 10 simple questions related to our level of cuteness,

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Emma Murphy Joins the Shona Team

The Shona Project are delighted to welcome Emma Murphy to our team. Emma was catapulted into the spotlight in 2015 when she shared a video on Facebook speaking out about domestic violence. The video has been watched 7 million times on Facebook and 900 thousand times on Youtube. Emma has put the incident behind her,

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Why Am I So Socially Allergic? By Abigail

I’ve always struggled to explain what sort of personality I have. When I’m out in groups of friends or family I feel like an extrovert, I can be loud and chatty and funny (if I do say so myself), I feel comfortable in large groups and I do enjoy going out and having fun. However

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Working Girls: Caoilfhionn Hanton: Street Artist

Last December, the entire country sat to watch the Late Late Toy Show, as is required by our constitution (we’re pretty sure). In between the sassy farmer kids and the Billy Barry kids we were blown away by the amazing street art which was shown in between breaks. That art was the work of Waterford

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My Year in Vietnam: By Megan

Megan Devaney has been a Shona Ambassador for almost 2 years. When we first met her she was in recovery from an eating disorder and  shared her experiences with us in a number of honest and open posts (Read here, here and here). When we last heard from her, she was about to leave home

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Working Girls: Colette Forde, Actress

Colette Forde is a creative genius. Currently based in New York where she is delivering stand out performances of her one women play, “Innit”, Colette is proof that if you believe in yourself and work like all hell, you can make your dreams come true. We asked her what life as an actress is really

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Coming out for Beginners, by a Beginner

Dear Little Questioning Beauty on the Other End of the Internet, So, it seems you may have stumbled on this post looking for answers and tips on how to come out, how to be queer out loud-we’ll get to that. There is no doubt that the next few years of your life will see you

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How To Support a Sick Friend: By Naoishe

You guys remember Naoishe right? She suffers from Chronic Fatigue syndromes which make it very difficult to do everyday things. You can read her previous story here. Today, she writes about how to be a good friend to a friend who has an illness, and ensure that they feel supported, loved and understood…. Being a

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BE KIND: Here’s Why…

So I have this friend. She is kind, quirky, super smart and really really funny. We have never met in person. My friend doesn’t feel comfortable going out, and instead is her true self online, where people can’t see her, or judge her, or be cruel to her. My friend is a transexual, who struggles

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A letter to my younger self: By Kat

Dear 18 Year Old Kat, Everything got better. You’ll discover many things in your final year of secondary school. You’ll drink for the first time, kiss people, go to house parties and spend Saturdays wandering around the city. You’ll also fight with people, and fail class tests and feel low, but I promise it get’s

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My War With OCD: Rebecca Ryan

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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Shona Meets: Pearl Natasha

Zimbabwean-Irish singer Pearl Natasha has enjoyed critical acclaim in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Malawi. She has played  international stages including Live & Unsigned for Sea Sessions, Lake of STARS Festival & HIFA; radio and TV including Highland Radio, ZiFM Stereo, ZBC TV and Ocean FM Ireland; sharing her unique blend of Diasporan-Pop, featuring heavy African roots, lyrical ballads reminiscent of Irish

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A girls story: By Shaunagh

The year my parents separated was the year my whole world completely crashed and to say my mental health suffered was an understatement. I went from being a severely athletic young girl who loved her body and everything that she was to a complete hermit who hated any sort of interaction with the world and

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A chat with Zlata Filipovic: By Libby

In her first post for shona.ie, Libby had a chat with Zlata Filipovic, a hugely accomplished writer and filmmaker who lived through a horrendous war which forever changed her home country. Take it away Libby… “I think I’ve managed to retain this complete optimism and love of humanity and belief that people are good.” Ladies

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ICYMI: Guest Post: On Insecurities

This post was originally shared in 2016, just as Rachel was about to turn 18. As she looked back on her teenage years, she thought about the insecurities she struggled with and wrote this beautiful essay for us: I can still remember the moment it happened. The moment insecurities became a feature in my life.

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When your body just won’t co-operate: By Naoishe

My name is Naoishe and I’m 22.  When I was 16 I went to France with my family for transition year. I loved languages and settled in really well. I was playing tennis, swimming, doing yoga, cycling through the French vineyards and going to the beach with my new French friends. Life was great! I

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Kelly’s Diary: Innit!

I couldn’t wait for today to end! I was in the toilets and Saoirse Nolan came in with all her cronies throwing mashed potato over the top of the cubicle on top of my ‘ead. I only washed it last night an’ all. Then Pat was a bit late for the session and I was

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