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I cheated.

September 18, 2022
ANON An anonymous contributor confesses to cheating on her longterm boyfriend.  I cheated. Until recently, I held a very black and white view of relationships. I can admit now that…

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Scene stealers

September 18, 2022
THE REVIEW   Esther O’Moore Donohoe on what a background dancer can teach you about life When it comes to bus routes, I am a magician. If I hear you…
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Weeping on a Segway and other stories: Why I’m done ignoring my gut instincts

September 18, 2022
THE ESSAY   Jocelyn Doyle explores the value in her intuition… just not on a Segway dwx2szqa I am 30 years old, and I’m very slowly driving a Segway along…
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I’m Irish in England and their Queen has died

September 11, 2022
THE ARTICLE   What is it like to be an Irish person who has made their home in England when the Queen has died? By Belinda Vigors Answer: Complicated. Complicated…
First person

When death lingers at your doorstep

September 11, 2022
THE ESSAY   Christelle McKillen writes about the time mortality came to the fore of her mind... On mortality, Joan Didion aptly wrote, “when we mourn our losses we also…
Books

Book review: The Once and Future Witches

September 11, 2022
THE REVIEW   Jocelyn Doyle reviews The Once and Future Witches, by Alix E. Harrow Once or twice a year — if I’m lucky — a novel comes along that…
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Every writer dreams of no longer needing the internet

September 3, 2022
THE ESSAY   Molly Keane on the hold that social media has on us and why, in an effort to connect, we've become disconnected... In my ‘perfect world’, I live…

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Establishing a healthy work/life balance during intense periods

September 3, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro on what she has learned about avoiding burnout during her PhD I started doing my PhD in 2020 during the height of Covid. Doing…
Food

The mistakes you’re probably making in the kitchen (and how to avoid them)

September 3, 2022
THE REVIEW   Food writer Jocelyn Doyle shares some common pitfalls when it comes to cooking I’m adamant that anyone can become a decent cook. Maybe you find that hard…
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What it’s really like to be an empath

August 28, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Holly White on how to navigate being highly sensitive, and how absorbing the issues of others can interrupt you from living your own life As Aristotle put…
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I was wrong about… the Rose of Tralee

August 28, 2022
THE REVIEW   As a child, Clare Egan dreamed about becoming a Rose. In the latest instalment of her column, she reflects on what she thinks the festival really celebrates…
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Going into recovery… for perfectionism

August 28, 2022
THE ESSAY   Alana Kirk is an author, a mid-life coach for women and a recovering perfectionist, who says trying to be all things to all people effectively ruined her…
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Hot Cailín Summer is the summer we all needed

August 21, 2022
THE ESSAY   Esther O'Moore Donohoe on wringing the very last out of summer 2022 and reminiscing about what a time we all had I went full Drew Barrymore last…
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How to be yourself (your real self)

August 21, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Niamh Sheeran Ennis is a leading change and transformation coach, and she writes here about why we change our behaviour at times to fit in, and how…
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I was wrong about… exercise

August 21, 2022
THE COLUMN   In the latest instalment of her column, Clare Egan reflects on the role of running in her life “You’re talking a lot”, my girlfriend said when we…
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Hangover prevention pills: A miracle cure or a precursor for binge drinking? 

August 14, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Victoria Stokes questions whether the arrival of a hangover 'cure' will change the way people feel about drinking... For many years now, the thought of a pounding…
First person

The aftermath of coercive control in your teens

August 14, 2022
THE ESSAY   Sadhbh Sullivan realised in her 20s the reality behind a relationship she had in her teens I was twenty-two when I first learnt what the term ‘coercive control,’…
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Once you snap out of the fear of being alone, you become invincible

August 14, 2022
THE REVIEW   After a break-up, Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro reflects on what she learned from Chidera Eggerue’s What a time to be alone I recently finished reading Chidera Eggerue’s book What…
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A petty pantomime: Tom Bower’s Revenge reveals nothing new about Meghan Markle

August 7, 2022
THE REVIEW   In the latest in a long line of 'tell-all' books about the royal family, Tom Bower is not shy about painting Meghan Markle as a pantomime villain,…
First person

The beauty of pandemic friendship

August 7, 2022
THE ESSAY   Molly Keane writes about embracing the romance of newness, and making peace with fizzled friendships... The year is 2020 and the date is February 23rd. Your grandmother…
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EXTRACT: Hide and Seek by Andrea Mara

August 7, 2022
THE EXTRACT   Our extract this week is from Andrea Mara's brilliant new book, Hide and Seek... Ten seconds. That’s how long it takes for Sophie to disappear. That’s how…
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I’m afraid of my body

July 31, 2022
THE ESSAY   Every day 137 women across the world are killed by a partner or member of their own family. The only separation of these women and their killers,…
CultureCurrent affairs

The beauty industry is inventing ways for us to hate ourselves. Here’s how we stop.

July 31, 2022
THE ARTICLE The tyranny of the beauty industry is as potent at its misogynistic core as it as in the waiting rooms of plastic surgery clinics, but how, as a…
Culture

What’s going on with Instagram?

July 31, 2022
THE REVIEW Kylie Jenner misses the old Instagram. Cassie Delaney looks at what has changed, what’s coming and why it has the celebs quaking.  Billion dollar tech companies are funny…
First person

Why pay rent when you can walk the dog?

July 24, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Molly Keane has unlocked a life hack that allows her to live a more bougie life than her budget might normally allow... I’ve been in existential quarter-life…
CultureCurrent affairs

Gaslight Island: Is Love Island just too toxic this year?

July 24, 2022
THE REVIEW   Ashley Chadamoyo Makombe reflects on the toxic culture in some of this year’s Love Island, and how it reflects real life dating Most people mark the beginning…
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An holistic approach to dealing with depression

July 24, 2022
THE ESSAY   Viv Spears lost a close relative to suicide. That death prompted an examination of treatment for depression and the holistic approach that is necessary... Depression is something…
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EXTRACT: Factory Girls by Michelle Gallen

July 24, 2022
THE EXTRACT   Our extract this week is from Factory Girls by Michelle Gallen Thursday, 2 June 1994 74 days until results Maeve Murray was just eighteen years old when…
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It’s. Not. A. Headache.

July 17, 2022
THE ARTICLE   What I wish people knew about migraines (and what everyone always gets wrong), by Jocelyn Doyle It's 2pm and I'm in my local Dart station wearing sunglasses…
First person

‘It appeared as something that needed to be tamed’

July 17, 2022
THE ESSAY   Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro on hair love, a journey of self-love One of my fondest memories as a child was the bond that me and my mum had…
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EXTRACT: The Amusements by Aingeala Flannery

July 17, 2022
THE EXTRACT Our extract this week is from The Amusements by Aingeala Flannery Star of the Sea I was in love with Stella Swaine. We met on our first day…

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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…