So you think Science is boring?

If there was ever a super-lady to be flying the flag for young scientists it is this one right here. Dr Claire Murray (Yes –  Doctor!) recently spoke at a Women in Research event that I was a part of and I have to say I was blown away! As a person who knows nothing

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Letter to my 18 year old 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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Guest Post: Depression is not a fashion statement

From Johnny Depp and Kurt Cobain to Emma Stone and Ellie Goudling, people are dealing with mental illnesses. Mental illness isn’t new, it didn’t develop last week and spread rapidly like the plague. It’s been there since the beginning of time people just weren’t allowed to say anything about it. Anxiety can affect anyone even

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Katie McGloin: Teen Entrepreneur of the year

Enterprise ˈɛntəprʌɪz/ Noun 1. · a project or undertaking, especially a bold or complex one.   My experience with enterprise began in my first year of secondary school. When I arrived in Magh Éne College, we began ‘tasters’ of subjects that we had the option of undertaking as part of our Junior Certificate curriculum. I

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Guest Post: Know yourself, and be yourself x

The last time we met Abigail she was learning to deal with her mental health issues, and discovered that talking and being open about how she feels is the first step. We checked in with her again and she’s doing really well. Here’s her update x Putting myself first has always been hard for me

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Guest Post: How to Challenge society.

It’s been an amazing experience being involved with Kick Like a Girl but we’re nowhere near done yet. For anyone who hasn’t heard of Kick Like a Girl, we’re a group of 16 year old girls from South Dublin. Our aim is to promote ladies Gaelic football and Camogie and encourage young girls to start

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Why Emily Duffy is a Superstar

We are thrilled to introduce the latest member of our youth council, Emily Duffy. Emily, 18 has spent the last few years developing the “Duffily Bag”, a seeping bag she has distributed  to those in need around Dublin, and in Calais. Here she is to tell you more about herself. Welcome Emily xx When it

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Maura Fay: MMA Queen

A number of weeks ago, we first met Maura Fay, who took up MMA at 32 and was training for her first fight. Well, shes back with an update. And yes, the above picture is a MASSIVE spoiler. Maura overcame huge challenges and put mind over matter to win with a TKO in the blink

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How to deal with death and other S**t: By Nic

There is no such thing as a guide on “How to deal with Death and life’s other s**t” but sometimes I really, really wish there was. There is no written set of rules, for everyone it’s different. Some people never talk about it, never deal with it and continue a life of pain and sorrow.

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Meet Kerrie Leonard; Archer Extrordinaire

26 year old Kerrie Leonard from Culmullen Co. Meath has been in a wheelchair since she was in a farm accident aged 6. Shes a woman of many passions, a horse breeder, a photographer and an international archer. Kerrie comes from the “go hard or go home” school, and has invested greatly in her sport

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Guest Post: How to catch the travel bug

I go wherever the wind takes me. At least that’s what I tell people when they ask me why I left New Zealand and came to Ireland. New Zealand is an amazing place. Beautiful, with an endless array of awesome, extreme things to do (think bungee jumping and zorbing – both invented in New Zealand).

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Some thoughts on kindness

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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Guest Post: Too fat for summer

My hair is frizzier than ever, my jumper collection has been packed away and the sun is shining. It looks like summer has finally arrived on the little island of Ireland! I am so excited to go to outdoor cinemas, to eat ice cream by the sea and to laze about in the garden with

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Guest Post: Moving to NYC, no biggie right?

To live in New York has always been my dream. In 2012, I had spent six months here and a further three months in 2013 interning. New York is not for everyone, but anyone that knows me well knows how obsessed I am with this city. I knew I had to come back for a

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Guest Post: Dear Mum, I miss you x

Mum, We are fast approaching your 12 year anniversary. Can you believe that? I still remember the day you left us like it was yesterday and as hard as it is not to have you here with us now I am glad you have had your pain and suffering taken away. When you left I

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All those Instagram followers, but how many friends?

1000 followers and 700 Facebook friends, but who can you call? I’m not good at making friends, I think it’s to do with My Black Dog. I tend to shut people out or I take a long time to open up and let people in. Something I’m sure of is my family. There’s four girls in

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Guest Post: Why True Friends are Precious

We love getting emails from you about your  own stories, sometimes just getting it off your chest is half the battle. Here, Rosy tells us how she got through a really tough time by having someone to lean on. One true friend is worth 10 acquaintances. Thanks for sharing Rosy 💜 My story began when I

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I won’t give you my name but I’m here to tell my story…

Last week we received this anonymous letter from a very brave soldier who has been through the wars, but survived. We were blown away by her candid words about her struggles. Traumas in early life are never easy to let go of and we can carry the weight of our past around with us like

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