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Senator Lynn Ruane, 07.05.2022

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Can I heal in silence?

May 14, 2022
THE REVIEW   Edisana Stephen wonders is open dialogue the only effective therapy? Like you and many others, I am burdened by a variety of old and new traumas. I…
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It’ll calm down next week… And other lies we tell ourselves

May 14, 2022
THE ESSAY   Esther O’Moore Donohoe on how to stop deluding yourself Let’s imagine a scenario. You’re on the bus home after a long day at work and are just…
Parenting

All changed, changed utterly: The professional identity crisis being faced by new mothers

May 7, 2022
THE REVIEW   Journalist and marketing manager Amanda Connolly on the realities of the loss of identity faced by working mothers... 348 days. 11 months and 11 days. That’s how…
Culture

A woman’s place is in the…

May 7, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Senator Lynn Ruane on the women looking after the men she has met during the recording of her new podcast Conversations On the Margins When I think…
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Making my own milestones: How living with chronic illness has altered my course

May 7, 2022
THE ESSAY   Writer Amy Clarkin opens up about living with M.E., missing the traditional life milestones and how she’s learned to design the life that works for her... I’ve…
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Navigating ambition and nuances in relationships 

May 1, 2022
THE ESSAY   Ambition, inadequacy and fulfilment are common stumbling blocks in relationships. Edikan Umoh investigates. Recently, ambition has become an important factor in my life. I mean it always…

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Is self-care just a stick to beat us with?

May 1, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Lucie Corcoran reframes the idea of self-care through the lens of her newest prized possession... My husband recently dug a ten-year-old kindle out of a press and…
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If you want to know Ideal Me, come look in my online shopping cart

May 1, 2022
THE REVIEW   Esther O’Moore Donohoe investigates what happens when she actually buys fantasy digital wardrobe A recent addition to my hedonistic Sunday night routine is clicking clothes into online…
First person

I was wrong about…the value of being thin

April 23, 2022
THE COLUMN   In the latest instalment of her column, Clare Egan reflects on disordered eating, body image and the value of being thin  Content Warning: This post discusses body…
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EXTRACT: The Snag List by Sophie White

April 23, 2022
THE EXTRACT   Our extract this week is from the newly published book by Sophie White called The Snag List 'Ms Reid, can you tell us how you came to…
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I’m a successful business owner, mother and partner and I’m also addicted to cocaine

April 23, 2022
ANON   Our anon series gives space to women both nationally and internationally to share their stories honestly.  I’ve gone over and over how I went from being a brilliant…
Food

The weird history of breakfast (and why I start my day with any damn food I want)

April 23, 2022
THE ESSAY   Food writer Jocelyn Doyle takes a stand against the concept of ‘breakfast foods’ I’ll never forget the look on my boyfriend’s face the first time he saw…
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Why platonic relationships hurt just as much when they end

April 16, 2022
THE ESSAY   Cara Doumbe Kingue writes about the unexpected trauma of a friendship ending, and the search for closure Five months ago, I lost a close friend I thought…
Culture

Why are we so hooked on watching women fight on TV?

April 16, 2022
THE REVIEW   We're all about women supporting women and female empowerment, right? Yet, women cat fighting and bitching to each other is among our TV of choice? Victoria Stokes…
Culture

Rebalancing feminine and masculine energies at work

April 16, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Emma Gleeson examines the potential of a non-patriarchal workplace... Ireland’s first Public Bank Holiday celebrating a woman will occur on St. Brigit’s day next year. Herstory.ie and…
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Men don’t understand what women find attractive

April 9, 2022
THE ARTICLE Kate Demolder explores why women tend to favour sidekicks over leading men A 2010 psychological study made up of 3,770 adults, recruited via an online survey, suggested that…
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Scheduling in time to be vulnerable is a weird proposition

April 9, 2022
THE ESSAY   Blessing Dada reflects on being in therapy for a year... *Trigger warning: This piece contains mention of suicide. Recently, I reached a milestone of being in consistent…
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EXTRACT: Poetry from Pit Lullabies by Jessica Traynor

April 9, 2022
THE EXTRACT Our extract this week consists of two incredibly moving poems from Pit Lullabies by Jessica Traynor If You Can Tame a Wildcat, You Can Raise a Baby Lesson…
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The future, FOMO and forging the right path

April 9, 2022
THE REVIEW   Molly Furey writes about standing at a crossroads deciding which path will induce less FOMO... I have thought about my eulogy more than I care to admit…
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The right to solitude: A table for one in a world built for two

April 1, 2022
THE REVIEW   Journalist Megan Jones writes about requesting a table for one in a world designed for two.  I was in Gothenburg, at the door of a restaurant I…
Career

ANON: I’m a writer and comic but I pay my bills through sex work

April 1, 2022
THE ESSAY   Our anon series gives space to women both nationally and internationally to share their stories honestly.  I walked into an open mic night in 2016. The woman…
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EXTRACT: A Line Above the Sky by Helen Mort

April 1, 2022
THE EXTRACT   Our extract this week is from the newly published A Line Above the Sky by Helen Mort As a runner and climber, I’ve often seen the landscape…
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The last sisters: The decline of the Catholic clergy

April 1, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Jennifer Bird meets Sister Fran Raia to discuss the decline of the Catholic clergy and how her convent prepared for their future with bold pragmatism... Driving up…
Life

My long-distance virtual pandemic boyfriend loves me like nobody else

March 26, 2022
THE ESSAY   Anisha Saigal fell in love during the pandemic in the most unexpected way.  Every generalised statement about being in love is true. The poetry starts to make…
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‘This is not a crime podcast’: Senator Lynn Ruane on her new podcast

March 26, 2022
THE REVIEW   Senator Lynn Ruane on her new podcast, Conversations on the Margins, talking to men within the Irish prison system  As the title suggests, these are conversations on…
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Where I find my mother

March 26, 2022
THE TRIBUTE   Molly Furey lost her mom in her teens. Now ten years later, she pieces together a portrait of her mother through stories of those that knew her...…
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EXTRACT: Lenny by Laura McVeigh

March 26, 2022
THE EXTRACT   Lenny is the story of a young homeless boy in the bayou, who helped by the classic tale The Little Prince, seeks to repair his broken family…
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Making the choice to be mindfully single

March 19, 2022
THE ESSAY   Jessica Viola discusses having self-awareness, self-assurance and the secret magic of being self-partnered The idea of being ‘self-partnered’ was popularised by Emma Watson in 2019.This supports the…
Culture

When the people who are being awarded never look like you

March 19, 2022
THE REVIEW   Ashley Makombe questions the point of awards season When I was younger, every time awards season came around I would stay up way past my bedtime to…
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I was wrong about… ambition 

March 19, 2022
THE ARTICLE   In the first instalment of a new column, Clare Egan questions the value of ambition and, in the context of impending climate collapse, wonders what we should…

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Instagram made me pregnant

December 18, 2021
Annajoy O’Gorman writes about when IVF doesn’t work, confronting the possibility of a childless future, and how Instagram provided the answer... Instagram has been around for ten years and I’ve…
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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…