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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…

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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…
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“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…
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“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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Black and White and Read All Over: the Conflict of Internet Conversations

July 24, 2021
Gillian Roddie explores communication in the digital age and what we lose when the internet filters our conversations. Actions really do speak louder than words, along with eye movements, body language,…

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Tarotscope: Dawn is something new

July 24, 2021
Sarah Maria Griffin writes about pulling the death card – a signifier of an inevitable change. Every time I sit down to write, this year, in a capacity where I…
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“Your ideas of a new normal won’t change a thing for those at the back of the line of life.”

July 18, 2021
In her latest Back of the Line column, Senator Lynn Ruane questions to what extent we’ve all been in this together. *TW, this piece contains mentions of suicide. "Many continued…
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“The message remains the same – control your body”: Diet Culture as lockdown lifts

July 18, 2021
Emma Gleeson on letting go of the ‘when I’m skinny’ narrative The $78 billion diet industry is panicking. In 2020 it lost 21% of it’s value and now the shame-peddlers…
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Cunnilingus has always felt taboo

July 18, 2021
Jenn Gannon considers why seeing a sexually contented woman onscreen is more taboo than witnessing men getting their faces torn off in action films Every so often film Twitter will…
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“Aged 13, I awoke one September morning to find my spine had double-curved:” How exercise changed my life:

July 18, 2021
Niamh O’Donoghue on finding her way back to exercise after near paralysis “Niamh, the next time I see you you’re getting a slap!” It’s my mother on a WhatsApp video…
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WhatsApp, a love letter: “In the first flushes of the pandemic, we couldn’t keep our hands off each other.”

July 10, 2021
Phones and the pandemic: Esther O’Moore Donohoe on actually answering your phone, voice notes, and video calls Since last March, I am lucky enough to have been in a committed…

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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…