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How to cope when your friends are unvaccinated

October 16, 2021
With 10% of the population unvaccinated, our collective immunity against Covid-19  is threatened. Here Gillian Roddie writes about compassionately facing our unvaccinated friends, the importance of a fully vaccinated society…

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EXTRACT: The Guinness Girls: A Hint of Scandal by Emily Hourican.

October 16, 2021
Our extract this week is from The Guinness Girls: A Hint of Scandal by Emily Hourican. ‘Manning, bring cocktails to the drawing room,’ Maureen called. She pronounced her words carefully,…
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“Are you really bad at sharing?”: The experience of being an only child

October 16, 2021
Aoife Rooney's experience of being an only child is one she's comfortable with, but is everyone else? When I tell people that I am an only child, more often than…
Culture

How Succession became the horniest show on TV

October 16, 2021
As its third season releases, Jenn Gannon wonders if the innate sexual tension is responsible for the runaway success of HBO's Succession... Succession shifts perceptions, interlinking comedy, drama and tragedy.…
CultureRound-up

The ten best media movies (according to team rogue)

October 16, 2021
We're not sure if it's because we're in the industry or because media movies are just BRILLIANT, but as a genre, we're deeply into it. Here are ten of our…
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“I think what we can get are the joyful moments in life where you get to be fully who you are.”

October 10, 2021
Liadán Hynes interviews Shon Faye about her new book, The Transgender Issue “We are not an ‘issue’ to be debated and derided,” Shon Faye writes in the concluding lines of…
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“I knew I had a name for this f*cker”: living with borderline personality disorder

October 10, 2021
Jordanne Jones on living with borderline personality disorder I’ve had a large amount of external situations that would have had their negative impact on my mental state since I was…

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EXTRACT: The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice

October 10, 2021
We've got a second extract this week, this time from The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice by Shon Faye. The liberation of trans people would improve the lives of…
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EXTRACT: Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

October 10, 2021
This week's extract is from Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters. The question, for Reese: Were married men just desperately attractive to her? Or was the pool of men who were…
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I forgot how much I loved real life

October 10, 2021
Aisling Keenan on the unbridled joy of going to a wedding after 18 long pandemic months and an unusually challenging pregnancy “DANCING IS LEGAL AGAIN!” I shouted. At my baby. …
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The only daughter: The politics and dynamics of the solo girl role in a family

October 1, 2021
Emma Doran is the only girl in her family, and here she describes the benefits, pitfalls and unexpected roles she's had to take on as part of her position I…
Culture

Girl powerless: Why the 90s and 00s weren’t as empowering as they seemed

October 1, 2021
While now we have Instagram telling us how to life, how to feel and how to look, the warmth we might feel for the 90s and noughties culture may not…
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EXTRACT: Openhearted by Ann Ingle

October 1, 2021
This week, we have a warm and witty extract from Openhearted, a memoir by Ann Ingle. These days, couples live together without marrying and think nothing of it. I have…
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The great resignation: Why employees are no longer unconditionally compliant

October 1, 2021
Finally, a seismic shift of power that has employers quaking, writes Aoife Geary... All over the world people are reconsidering their career options.  In the US, four million people quit…
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What’s YOUR slumber number? And other ways to better sleep

September 25, 2021
Finding it hard to get a good night’s kip? Esther O’Moore Donohoe spoke to a sleep expert... There are many reasons to be jealous of Kimberly Noel Kardashian West. She…
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‘Guilty pleasure’ is a phrase that needs to die off, frankly

September 25, 2021
Megan Cassidy on why we need to stop referring to fashion, beauty and other ‘female interests’ as guilty pleasures  The Met Gala took place in New York on Monday, Sept…
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EXTRACT: Nanny, Ma and Me: An Irish story of family, race and home

September 25, 2021
Our extract this week is from Nanny, Ma and Me: An Irish story of family, race and home by Kathleen, Dominique and Jade Jordan. The truth began to dawn on…
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“Removing the habit of being spectators of other people’s flawless juggling acts helps.” 

September 25, 2021
In her monthly tarot column, Sarah Maria Griffin muses on stepping back from performative busyness and valuing apprenticeship over mastery  I have been thinking, this strange autumn, about the two…
Culture

Ah sure, you’re only new here

September 19, 2021
Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro on the changing nature of Irishness... Racism, social inclusion, and diversity became some of the hot topics of 2020.  With the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter…
Culture

Is Irish worth it? Learning our national language in 2021

September 19, 2021
Fourth year student Jodi Wynne-Johnston on why she loves learning Irish... If someone were to ask me the question, is learning Irish worth it, one of the first things I…
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Working class is authenticity: An extract from The 32

September 19, 2021
The 32: An anthology of Irish working-class voices, is edited by Paul McVeigh. This chapter, by Erin Lindsay, talks about what it means to be working class... ‘Are you working…
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OUT, out: A tribute to wild nights and packed dance floors

September 19, 2021
In the wake of this week’s Met Ball, Kate Demolder pens an ode to the blowout My last time dancing before the world closed was spent between the floors and…
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Elizabeth Holmes goes on trial

September 11, 2021
Greed, vanity, and #GirlBosses; Jenn Gannon on the life and times of the fallen Silicon Valley entrepreneur Last Wednesday a jury was finally sworn in for the trial of Elizabeth…
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That’s a WRAP (wellness recovery action plan)

September 11, 2021
Psychotherapist Ejiro Ogbevoen on why everyone’s mental health needs a WRAP More than ever before, now is the best time for us to be a little more proactive about our…
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Sustain this: Making small sustainability strides as we return to office life

September 11, 2021
Elaine Butler’s tips on how to be more sustainable as we return to offices and college... While not everyone has been working or studying from home for the last 18…
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How do we ‘do’ the office after so long away?

September 11, 2021
Esther O’Moore Donohoe considers the big return to the office; the most important thing to remember is that everyone can see and hear you now... An aunt of mine recently…
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“We grew up together; she is now the friend I wished I had growing up.” 

September 5, 2021
As her own daughter receives college offers, Emma Doran reminiscences on giving birth thirteen days before her Leaving Cert About 19 years ago I was enjoying the summer before 6th…
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Eco anxiety is a b*tch (and I know you know it)

September 5, 2021
Pat Kane on how to get beyond all-consuming climate chaos fear and get solution-focused By now, you have heard or read something about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Global…
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Do rich straight men really want to stop women selling nudes?

September 5, 2021
Cassie Delaney explains the recent OnlyFans ban on (and subsequent reinstatement of) adult content... In 2019 OnlyFans was hailed by The New York Times as the innovation that would change…
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I’m EXHAUSTED. Please don’t tell me to take ‘me time’.

September 5, 2021
I’m exhausted and everyone around me is exhausted, but it doesn’t feel like we’ll ever get a chance to recharge, writes Liadán Hynes I’m sitting in the waiting room of…
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“I was blind to the differences in what life looked like for me, my friends, and family, in comparison to someone living in a middle-class world.”

August 29, 2021
Jordanne Jones traces her own relationship with class and examines depictions of working class in film   TW: Suicide Depicting the Irish working class in film; when is it done right…

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BACK OF THE LINE #1: At some point, people stop waiting

May 28, 2021
Back of the line is a new series of stories, written by our columnist Senator Lynn Ruane, from the back of the line... "People who need support the most are…
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Lucky to be here: Sexism, assault and cover-ups in Irish media

May 23, 2021
Cassie Delaney​ investigates the Irish media industry and reveals a culture of sexism, assault and cover-up... Rome wasn’t built in a day. In fact, there was a period of over…
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“In the afternoon small groups were seen entering buildings and marking doors of Palestinian families with a red marker.” 

May 23, 2021
Haifa based writer khulud khamis describes what the last two weeks have been like for the Palestinians of her city, her fears of returning to the status quo, and hope…

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“An entire generation has grown up isolated from the world.”

May 22, 2021
Yara Alagha on the situation in Palestine; the importance of language, Israeli settler colonialism and ways we can help the cause. For many families who returned to their homes in…
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I have what she had.

May 22, 2021
In the wake of the McGinley family’s tragedy, Sophie White writes about mental illness, stigma, motherhood and the real social change needed. Tw* this piece contains references to suicide. I…