“Our first relationships were usually branding exercises in themselves, with the sole purpose to take us from ‘frigid’ to ‘the girl who has a boyfriend’”

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The Boyfriend Soft Launch

November 27, 2021
THE ESSAY   Megan Cassidy charts how social media – specifically Instagram Stories – have evolved to become the ultimate tool for relationship PR My sisters and I have always…

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EXTRACT: The New Frontier: Reflections from the Irish Border

November 27, 2021
THE EXTRACT   Our extract this week is an essay by Bronagh McAtasney, taken from the book The New Frontier: Reflections from the Irish Border, which is edited by James…
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I tried (and failed) to be the TikTok ‘That Girl’

November 27, 2021
THE REVIEW   Edaein O’Connell has a gratitude journal on her bedside table. Dates of entry stopped on 8 May 2020. The first entry? Written on 1 May 2020... There’s…
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You’re robbing your husband

November 27, 2021
THE ARTICLE   Emma Dwyer talks to Fiona Reilly, artist and mother, about her new work inspired by the unpaid labour of parenting When artist Fiona Reilly was on maternity…
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Spikings are spiking: Dublin’s nightlife crisis

November 21, 2021
THE ARTICLE   “I noticed a bump on my leg. I was in denial about it”- as nightclubs opened back up, Jessica Viola investigates the spiking crisis in Dublin...  …
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Has Real Housewives jumped the shark?

November 21, 2021
THE REVIEW   Caitlin McBride asks whether the phenomenon that is Real Housewives has crossed the line from reality into absurdity... There have been a handful of unifying experiences of…
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How to get through the day: Skills to cope with depression

November 21, 2021
THE ESSAY   Sheena Madden draws from 20 years experience of depression to pass on the coping skills she has honed over time. When I’m depressed I’m irritable and often…

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EXTRACT: Sorry for Your Trouble by Ann Marie Hourihane

November 21, 2021
THE EXTRACT   Our extract this week is from Sorry for Your Trouble by Ann Marie Hourihane... Lyra McKee 24 April 2019 ‘Do you know where St Anne’s Cathedral is?’…
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Death to the Irish Mammy: Should we retire the martyr matriarch?

November 13, 2021
Emma Doran explains why she thinks it might just be time to do so... Up until 1973 in Ireland, once married, women had to give up work. Sure, some days…
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Learning to say no and the Seven of Pentacles

November 13, 2021
As the world speeds back up, Sarah Maria Griffin’s monthly column considers the ghost of her former self, learning to say no, and the Seven of Pentacles It’s late in…
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Uncertainty, like Covid, is probably here to stay

November 13, 2021
Gillian Roddie on how living with Covid means give up on the need for definitive answers  A year ago this month I wrote in Rogue about how we were feeling…
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“It was time for me to take up space in Irish literature”

November 13, 2021
Writing is a form of activism. Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro examines the functionality of literature in celebrating the ‘New Irish’... The transformative period Ireland finds itself in makes it imperative to…
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I’m thinking of breaking up with the internet

November 7, 2021
On the verge of making a clothes transition video, Esther O’Moore Donohoe contemplates ditching the apps On the 4th of October 2021 the world held its breath when Instagram, WhatApp…
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“The thing about eating disorders is that you kind of go along for a while thinking you’re in control of it”

November 7, 2021
Linnea Dunne speaks to Lisa Murphy about why she had to launch GoFundMe to get help... *TW: This piece contains references to eating disorders “It’s about 50 times a day…
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Waste isn’t a problem, it’s a symptom. And here’s what we can do about it.

November 7, 2021
Elaine Butler explains how we have ended up with so much extra packaging on food, and how to avoid it going forward... How on earth did we end up with…
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EXTRACT: Comrades by Rosita Boland

November 7, 2021
Our extract this week is from Comrades. Comrades is an essay collection in which award-winning journalist Rosita Boland explores the many friendships that have shaped her life... By the end of the…
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“Defective and dangerous”: The painful history of female bodies

October 30, 2021
Niamh O’Donoghue explains why Elinor Cleghorn’s Unwell Women will make you rethink everything you know about women’s health in a man-made world... What do dead bees, rabid dogs, afflicted men,…
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Could you please not talk about diets or losing weight in my house?

October 30, 2021
Jette Virdi on why she’s shutting down other mums’ conversations about restricting food and judging bodies... I can tell I’ve pissed them off. The hushed silence and the looks going…
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EXTRACT: Décor Galore by Laura de Barra

October 30, 2021
Our extract this week is from Décor Galore, the latest book by DIY (or should we say She-IY) queen, Laura de Barra... WHO IS SHE? The living room! What a…
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An ode to horror: Halloween essential viewing

October 30, 2021
Jordanne Jones recommends two old school and two current horror films, with the goal of changing the perception of the genre and encouraging some spooky viewing this Halloween... *Includes subtle spoilers…
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The attention economy causes anxiety at work. Here’s why we should ditch the comparison currency of the corporate world

October 23, 2021
You’re not special… and that’s a beautiful thing, says Megan Cassidy... ‘We’re all disposable’, my acupuncturist mused, tapping a needle into my left forearm. ‘Every single one of us, no…
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Peeing barbed wire, drinking cranberry juice and popping penicillin

October 23, 2021
Linnea Dunne investigates living with UTIs and Interstitial Cystitis As a waitress prone to urinary tract infections, I used to sympathise with the women who ordered cranberry juice. I knew…
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Country in crisis: Falling between the bureaucratic housing cracks

October 23, 2021
What happens when you and your family have fallen between the bureaucratic gaps in the housing crisis, by Emma Dwyer Recently I ticked one off the bucket list. I talked…
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EXTRACT: Aisling and the City by Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght

October 23, 2021
We are delighted to have a hilarious piece from the penultimate book in the 'Aisling' series, Aisling and the City, by Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght, as our extract this…
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Get stuck in: 9 podcasts to really sink your teeth into

October 23, 2021
This week, rogue's Cassie Delaney and Aisling Keenan give their recommendations for the best in-depth, long form, story-driven podcasts they've listened to lately... CASSIE'S RECOMMENDATIONS I’m going to lose the…
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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…
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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.…
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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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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…