ICYMI: When Your Panic Attacks Have No Chill

This post was originally shared abut 18 months ago. Having worked really hard, spoken to a professional, and with the support of her family and friends, Alannah is now doing really great. She’s in 1st year in college, having loads of fun and loving life, in spite of it all…. Alannah suffers from panic attacks.

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Guest Post: Is The Beauty Industry Bad or Good?

The beauty industry gets a bad rap these days. But is it a good or a bad thing? We asked Gemma Fitzpatrick from the Beauty Boudoir to tell us what she thinks. Rather than write a guest post, she preferred to make a Vlog to share her view, and discuss the pro’s and the con’s.

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Megan Spreads her Wings 🕊️🕊️🕊️

Five years ago, Megan was diagnosed with an eating disorder. At the time she was very, very ill, and she faced a long battle to get well again. When we started The Shona Project in 2016, Megan was one of the first to sign up as an ambassador, and has shared her story (Here, here,

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The “Izzy’s Wheels” girls have hit the big time…

The following post was first shared in November 2016. when both Izzy’s Wheels and The Shona Project were just babies, both inspired by the relationship between two sisters. We are DELIRAH and EXIRAH to hear that the girls will be appearing on The Late Late Show tonight with our friend Ryan. In honour of that,

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My Favourite Science Books: By Dr Claire Murray

The hustle and bustle of Christmas can often feel a little overwhelming. Presents to be bought, projects to be finished, people to visit… To be honest at some point it can feel like a bit too much. To make matters worse, once we get through this we can all be a bit harsh on ourselves

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A Chat With Dublin Captain Sinead Aherne

  In 2017, Sinead Aherne captained the Dublin football team that claimed all Ireland Victory. In November she picked up her 6th All Star award, making her the most decorated Dublin All-Star recipient in history. In short, shes a badass. At Shona, we are passionate about girls getting and staying involved in sport (sorry to

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All About Gratitude: By Niamh

I reckon the most common thing we are looking for in life is happiness.   With 2018 just around the corner and the buzz of the new year and all the resolutions that are supposed to go with it I wanted to share the best resolution I’ve ever made. I actually think it’s the only one

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Guest Post: Siofra’s Journey with Fibromatosis

20 year old Siofra lives in Northern Ireland, and has recently been diagnosed with a rare illness. She recently started sharing her journey on Twitter, and hopes to raise awareness of the condition, and help others who are also struggling. Here’s a little piece she wrote for us… My name is Siofra and I’m 20

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ICYMI: Nope, Still Not Asking For It.

Ellen Sheehan is a transition year student in Eureka Secondary School, in Kells County Meath, Ireland. She wrote this piece on her blog about how people react to the clothes we wear. Please follow Ella’s blog at https://unspokenbutdefinitelyfelt.wordpress.com/ I had and always will be the girl, who thrives off the idea of beauty. Who loves the

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Is Modelling Really Glam? By January Winters

January Winters is one of Ireland’s most successful models. We were wondering if modelling as a career really is the glam life we thought it was. So we asked her. Here’s what she has to say…..  Let me be honest, modelling isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I originally thought models flew around in

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Ash chats to the lovely Claire Balding…

18 months ago Claire Fulham was diagnosed with alopecia areata. She is a mother of 2, Farragh and Elliott. She started a Facebook and Snapchat documenting her hair loss and has gathered thousands of followers thanks to her honesty and sense of humour. I was lucky enough to have a really cool phone call with

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ICYMI: Getting to Grips with Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning difference affecting the way the brain processes written and spoken language. It is not laziness, disruptive behavior, or a general lack of comprehension. To see for yourself how some people struggle to read, have a look at this website and you’ll understand. Siobhan works in finance in London. She manages huge

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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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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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Why starting 5th year was hard for me…. By Katie

Last Year, which was my Transition Year, was the best year of my life. Now, I realise that seems like a bit of an extreme declaration, but I do stand by it. Transition Year allowed me to get in touch with things I knew I was passionate about and try things I never would have

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ICYMI: I’m a big girl, and I’m fine with That: By Clodagh

  We first published this post by Clodagh a year ago. And its so good, we decided to share it again…. 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

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Why is my imaginary friend picking on me?

When I was small I had an imaginary friend called Jenny. I’m the youngest of 4 girls and my sisters were a good bit older than me and would never play with me so I came up with Jenny. Jenny and I would have tea parties, I’d tell her all of secrets and we would

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