Maybe She’s Born with it, Maybe Its the Breast Cancer Gene

As a twenty two year old I will readily admit that there is a lot to life I have yet to figure out. With the help of my parents I have made my way through the education system and have recently graduated from university. I have enjoyed adventures in over twenty countries and hope to

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Sophie Meets: Laylah Beattie

Laylah Beattie is a Dublin-based writer and model. She is currently undergoing a gender transition while modelling, maintaining a busy social life, producing YouTube videos and trying her best to live the life of a young person. Late last year, she appeared on The Late Late show along with Caitlin Jenner, who said that she looked

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The ‘F’ Word: By Katie

At the moment, I am writing a speech for the upcoming TEDxBallybofey which I have been asked to speak at. The theme is ‘Beyond Borders’ I am talking about the borders concerning gender. So it has got me thinking, why is feminism such a dirty word? I am a FEMINIST and I am not embarrassed

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Therapy’s for Dopes Innit: By Kelly Roberts

So, how was therapy today Kelly? “Do you know what? I got in there right and there was this total plonker in his Granddad’s cardigan and what looked like Cornish pasties on his feet sat down right  and I thought, ‘Errr…look at his mush! He should be up in the attic playing with his train

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Hands: A Coming Out Story

Alana Daly Mulligan is a spoken word artist, a filmmaker, an activist, an actress, a student, a Shona Ambassador and an all round legend. Today, she has shared her latest work, “Hands”, a spoken word film and coming out story. She says:  So in the spirit of new year, new me, I am very excited

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What its Like to be the Weird Girl

Put me in any room with any group of girls and I’ll always be the weird one. I just don’t fit in. My parents are very religious, and that has had a huge effect on molding me as a person. I didn’t have a phone until I turned 14 and that was just so they

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When Eboni Met Felispeaks

Nigerian born, and Longford raised, spoken word artist Felispeaks is talented, exciting, opinionated, articulate and original. Her poems are beautiful, and she delivers them with such intention that you can’t help but sit up and listen. For too long in Ireland we have just done what we always do. Our options in terms of how

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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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