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I was wrong about… the internet 

November 27, 2022
THE COLUMN   Clare Egan reflects on an era of online feminist writing  I don't want to be that sad, old millennial complaining that the internet isn't as good as…
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Twitter: The best of us and the worst of us

November 27, 2022
THE ESSAY   Aoife Martin reflects on the role Twitter played in her life, what she'll miss and what she'll gladly say farewell to... Like everyone else I have been…
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Listen, watch, read: The best content to see you through till Christmas

November 20, 2022
THE REVIEW   Podcasts, TV shows and books team rogue recommend PODCASTS Land of the Giants: The Meta / Facebook distruption  Released earlier this year, season 4 of The Land…
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When knowledge is only the illusion of power: why the internet is ruining our relationship with food

November 20, 2022
THE ESSAY   Food writer Jocelyn Doyle is putting her head firmly in the sand — and is all the happier for it Do you remember that scene in Sex…
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A Day in the Life: “I find being on the farm very therapeutic.”

November 20, 2022
A DAY IN THE LIFE   Liadán Hynes talks to farmer, QC lab analyst and agri-influencer Sophie Bell My name is Sophie Bell, and I’m twenty-four years old. I’m from…
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“He continues to demonstrate his ability to take real life to the heart of anyone prepared to listen.”

November 13, 2022
THE ESSAY   Lynn Ruane on Bob Dylan The first time I heard a Bob Dylan song, I was 12 years old. In between American rap, Bob Marley and UB40,…

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Social Masking: Why you’re hiding your true self in public — and how to stop

November 13, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Victoria Stokes looks at the variations that come with being 'yourself', and how to unveil the reality of who you are with confidence ‘Just be yourself’. You’ve…
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EXTRACT: Sweet Therapy – The joy of baking by Una Leonard

November 13, 2022
THE EXTRACT   Our extract this week is from the book Sweet Therapy: The Joy of Baking. Bakery owner and author Una Leonard shares her unique story of how baking…
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“Gwyneth has made so much money out of intuiting our insecurities it has now become her full time career.”

November 6, 2022
THE REVIEW   Jenn Gannon on Gwyneth, our first and greatest influencer, at fifty What else did we expect from the high priestess of GOOP than to dip herself in…
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How to feel better; Moving home. “It was strange, but nice.”

November 6, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Liadán Hynes talks to Dawn Nolan about moving back to the town where she grew up “I suppose I moved because I wanted to have time to…
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Anon: I hardly ever orgasm

November 6, 2022
THE ESSAY An anonymous writer opens up about her lack of orgasm, how our understanding of female pleasure could be improved, and how shockingly common the issue is I rarely…
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Why a carvery dinner is a force for good

October 30, 2022
THE ESSAY   Esther O’Moore Donohoe on the comfort of a roast, and her new podcast with Emer McLysaght The clocks went back at two o’clock this morning and at…
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What does ‘sustainable’ even mean when it comes to our food system?

October 30, 2022
THE REVIEW   Food writer Jocelyn Doyle examines an ever more complicated question... We really lost the run of ourselves when it comes to food production.  On the one hand,…
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How to hold healthy boundaries

October 30, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Holly White asks you to examine the things that drain you versus those that uplift you, and how to create good boundaries around both... "To thine own…
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EXTRACT: Web of Lies by Aoife Gallagher

October 30, 2022
THE EXTRACT   Our extract this week is from the book Web of Lies by Aoife Gallagher, which looks in detail at the rising threat of far-right extremist thought in…
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The self-promotion ick

October 22, 2022
THE ARTICLE   In the age of unrelenting self-promotion, is it ever possible to not care what others think? Victoria Stokes asks the question. People will think you’re full of…
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“Just so you know, you barely moved yesterday and failed to reach any of your goals.”

October 22, 2022
THE REVIEW   Aoife Geary asks – Smartwatches: Fitness friend or strap of shame?  Smartwatches were meant to be a tech aid to get fit, be more conscious of our…
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I write therefore I am

October 22, 2022
THE ESSAY   Fiadh Melina on finding yourself in your childhood writing Sometimes I like to pull open the felt-bound drawers in my childhood bedroom. They’ve carried the weight of…
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Bare arses, Burning Man and radical self-expression

October 15, 2022
THE ESSAY   Lynn Ruane on what freedom to express oneself really means... In many of the descriptions I've read, Burning Man describes itself as 'radical self-expression'. Sounds great, but…
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EXTRACT: Where I End by Sophie White

October 15, 2022
THE EXTRACT   Our extract this week is from the first literary novel from author Sophie White, titled Where I End Aoileann has never left the island. Her silent, bed-bound…
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Find happiness in habit hacking

October 15, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Author and mid-life coach for women Alana Kirk on how habits determine your future We’re constantly being told to ditch “bad” habits, and create “good” habits - habits…
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THE EXTRACT: Courting by Liadán Hynes

October 8, 2022
THE EXTRACT   Our extract this week – very exciting – is from our very own Liadán Hynes' new book, Courting, which is out now A Bit of a Change…
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I was wrong about… rest 

October 8, 2022
THE COLUMN   In the latest instalment of her column, Clare Egan celebrates the value of rest Last week, I wrote “get overwhelmed” on my to-do list. Later that day,…
CultureCurrent affairs

BROOKLYN BECKHAM: Might he be prime minister?!

October 8, 2022
THE ARTICLE   In the week that Prince George told his classmates to ‘“stay away from him as his father would one day be King,” another first-born heir takes to…
First person

I turned my phone off for three days and fell apart

October 2, 2022
THE REVIEW   Last week, Belinda Vigors turned her phone off for three days. Find out what she learned in that time… Three. Whole. Days.  The “Great Switching Off” was…
Culture

A bingo caller’s big debut

October 2, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Esther O'Moore Donohoe enters the exceptionally glamorous world of bingo calling, residents' association Whatsapp groups and prize-giving controversy... As I stood in my bathroom last Saturday evening,…
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Always the auntie, never the mam

October 2, 2022
THE ESSAY   Claire Murrihy reflects on the "fascinating, educational and brutal journey" that is trying to conceive... ‘How old is your little one now?’ It’s an innocent question from…
Books

EXTRACT: The Other Guinness Girl: A Question of Honor

September 27, 2022
THE EXTRACT   This week's extract is from the latest book by Emily Hourican, The Other Guinness Girl: A Question of Honor Prologue Elveden, Suffolk, December 1936 The chalky green…
Food

How Irish seaweed staged a comeback

September 27, 2022
THE REVIEW   Food writer Jocelyn Doyle explains how seaweed has earned a place in your kitchen cupboard It’s barely autumn, and my partner and I have our first cold…
Current affairs

Who gets to choose who we hate and who we love online?

September 27, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Emma Dwyer asks why online hatred is somehow perceived as okay... Vogue Williams – reality TV star and broadcaster – recently asked a man to move on…

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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…