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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…
CultureLong Read

“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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In defence of public enemy number one

August 29, 2021
Aoife Geary reflects on seagulls, biodiversity, and why when it comes to ruffling feathers, we only have ourselves to blame The past few months have been tense for everyone. One…
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A history of cellulite: How we’re being swindled into feeling shame

August 29, 2021
Emma Gleeson explains how made-up “needs” keep us wasting money on snake oil... Cellulite. If you’d never heard the word before you might think it was a new brand of…
First personHealth

So you stopped breastfeeding and lost your mind? You’re not alone.

August 29, 2021
Linnea Dunne investigates the often neglected phenomenon of post-weaning depression... TW: Suicide “It hit me like a wall. Uncontrollable crying, felt like the baby blues finally arrived seven months later.”…
CultureLong ReadRound-up

Why are women still taken less seriously than men?

August 21, 2021
Niamh O Donoghue on Mary Ann Sieghart’s fascinating new book, The Authority Gap It’s fitting that Mary Ann Sieghart’s latest tome, The Authority Gap: Why Women Are Still Taken Less…
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I’m cheugy and I know it… (But do I care?)

August 21, 2021
Comedian Emma Doran on TikTok’s assessment of her as an older millennial... Part your hair slightly off-centre and love your skinny jeans? Yes? Well, I have to inform you, I’m…
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12 things you can do to help prevent climate chaos

August 21, 2021
Elaine Butler of Living Lightly in Ireland on ways you can actually make a difference... Since I read analysis of the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report…
CultureLong Read

Frances Farmer and her fight against Hollywood

August 21, 2021
Mental illness, a conservatorship, persecution by the media; Frances Farmer may have been a star of 1930s cinema, but her story is as 2021 as it gets, says Sarah Macken…
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With mental illness, specifics matter. These are mine.

August 14, 2021
Emma Gleeson writes about mental illness stigma, depression, therapy and emerging from the dark... I am currently emerging from a two-month-long attack of depression. Exhausted and reeling, my fragile mind…
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Love Island and the fetishisation of Black women

August 14, 2021
Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro writes about how the beauty of Black women is portrayed in popular culture... Watching Love Island for the past few weeks has been entertaining, to say the least.…
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A sexless marriage: ‘I’m just three years married. My husband hasn’t touched me in two and half years.’

August 14, 2021
Our anonymous writer confronts the loneliness of a sexless marriage, and considers the prospect of an open relationship... “So there we have it” is my daily motto when I close my eyes.…
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In the real world, should we ever get back with our exes?

August 14, 2021
In light of the return of Bennifer, Esther O’Moore Donohoe asks the experts if it is ever a good idea to get back with your ex... The United Nations Intergovernmental…
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The life of a renter: A competition no one ever seems to win

August 7, 2021
Ashley Makombe talks to those in the rental market about the struggle to find a home... Life has been tough for many over the course of the past year. However,…
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The tyranny of making memories

August 7, 2021
Amelia Cullen looks at the  pressure to have the time of our lives in summer “Have you booked any holidays?” The question posed by hairdressers, beauticians, colleagues and just about…
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EXTRACT: All Her Fault by Andrea Mara

August 7, 2021
Our extract this issue is from the thriller of the summer, All Her Fault by Andrea Mara. It explores every parent's worst nightmare when Marissa's four-year-old son, Milo, disappears... Marissa…
Culture

The original It Girl: The life of Jean Seberg

August 7, 2021
Sarah Macken examines the life of Jean Seberg, and sees in it echoes of how Hollywood still treats women How do you tell the story of a fallen It Girl?…
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‘I worry all the time that I’m failing my kids.’

August 7, 2021
Best-selling author Andrea Mara on why we are fascinated by the idea of bad mothers... As I type this, I’m at a swimming pool, watching my son’s swimming lesson. Except…
Culture

Why are influencers so afraid of negativity?

July 31, 2021
Megan Cassidy explores the push for perfection online. In the summer of 2019, mega-influencer Arii was at the top of her game. Having amassed 2.5m followers on Instagram, her grid…
Life

Friendship, or situationship?

July 30, 2021
Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro examines how Covid -19 and isolation forced her to reconsider the nature of her friendships I never expected Covid to change so entirely how I felt about…
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Why we need to start having uncomfortable conversations about beauty

July 30, 2021
Linnea Dunne on beauty, feminism, and the patriarchy I’m not one to read about celebrity culture, but over the past couple of months, there were two such pieces of news…
First personLife

“I no longer had a monetary goal; my goal was now to change the world.”

July 30, 2021
After an illness left her with a disability, Cora Kearney went on to set up a business that would change her own, and others’ lives. TW* This piece contains a…
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I would run through an airport for you

July 24, 2021
Caitlin McBride on the satisfaction of seeing sisterly bonds explored on television I rarely feel like I see myself on screen. It's even rarer that I build an emotional connection…
Life

“I feel like buying a home was exciting in my parents’ era, but now it is just manic”

July 24, 2021
Sasha Hamrogue on renting with a young family.  I have found it increasingly more difficult to dream about the future. As a long time renter living in Ireland, fantasies about…

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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…