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My brother’s overdose and Ireland’s addiction problem

June 26, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Ireland’s drug-related death rates are still three times the European average. Six years on from her brother's overdose, here’s what Niamh O'Donoghue has learned about addiction in…

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We are what we remember we eat

June 26, 2022
THE ESSAY   Food writer Jocelyn Doyle explores the role our food memories play in shaping us When I was five, my mother decided we would have a picnic. On…
Health

Happiness on demand

June 26, 2022
THE REVIEW   Is the secret to happiness simply to train your brain? Viv Speers explores the idea of happiness on demand  Unprovoked happiness is a real thing. And I’ll…
Culture

Léas léargais: The resurgence of the Irish language

June 18, 2022
THE ESSAY   Molly Keane writes a love letter to her native language, and talks about how Irish isn't 'dead'... To grow up in Donegal is to grow up with…
Current affairs

The 6 most annoying things about returning to the office (and how to handle them) 

June 18, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Aoife Geary on ditching working from home and getting back to in-person work life... Being back in the office has been a big adjustment. We’ve had to…
Column

I was wrong about… time 

June 18, 2022
THE COLUMN   In the latest instalment of her column, Clare Egan reflects on what it means to manage your time well As a younger person, time management was one…
Culture

From bold revolutionaries to happy maidens

June 11, 2022
THE REVIEW   Belinda Vigors on DeValera’s legacy to women in Ireland At my hen night, my Mum gave me a gift of “The Irish Countrywomen’s Association Book of Home…

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On NOT changing my mind when I got older

June 11, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Jocelyn Doyle explores the idea of a life designed to be joyously child-free CW: This article is about being child-free by choice; if you have experienced or…
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How to solve your noisy neighbour problem forever

June 11, 2022
THE ESSAY   Rob Burke writes a searingly honest and to the point guide to solving the problem of noisy neighbours... So, your neighbours are making noise. Whether it sounds…
First person

Sex hurt until I realised the reason why

June 4, 2022
THE ESSAY   Nobuhle N Nyoni writes about bad sex and how she mistakenly assumed the absence of happy endings were par for the course.   Growing up, the advice…
Life

How important are our micro-friendships?

June 4, 2022
THE REVIEW   Laura Doyle examines the idea of a micro-friendship, following the brutal breakdown of one of hers... ‘We are not a species of solitary beings. We need each…
Culture

How to not give a shit

June 4, 2022
THE ESSAY   Belinda Vigors on how to throw off the expectations of others... When I hear people say they “don’t give a sh*t” about what other people think, I…
First personFood

The food and the instrument, together, are an imprint of a time

May 28, 2022
THE ESSAY   Sarah Maria Griffin is back, with an offset spatula and the story of her kitchen accoutrements buoying her over and beyond our many lockdowns... I picked up…
Culture

How can you create when you’ve nowhere to live

May 28, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Molly Keane's second instalment on the creative process deals with how creatives still produced during a pandemic, a housing crisis and an all-round terrible time for artists...…
Culture

It is easy to feel furious about billionaires

May 28, 2022
THE REVIEW   Emma Gleeson reflects on living in an unelected plutocracy and suggests an answer In 1970 American spoken word poet Gil Scott-Heron released the following lyrics into our…
Culture

The original Internet’s Boyfriend

May 21, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Jennifer Gannon on the enduring appeal of Keanu Reeves... These days it feels impossible to put away childish things because they are entwined into our adult lives.…
First person

The lesser spoken joy of living with your parents 

May 21, 2022
THE ESSAY   As thousands of the boomerang generation in Ireland lament the move 'back in', Erica Bracken explores a different side of things... You’ve heard about my type. I…
Culture

The art of coming up with ideas

May 21, 2022
THE REVIEW   Photographer Molly Keane spoke to four artists; a photographer, a musician, a tattoo artist and a director about where they find inspiration and what drives them to…
FoodHealth

Mushrooms are literal superheroes. Yes, mushrooms. Hear me out.

May 14, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Food writer Jocelyn Doyle digs down into how mushrooms might just save us from ourselves... I’ve always been fascinated by fungus. I was a very weird little…
First person

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…
First person

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…
First person

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…
First person

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…
First person

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…
Books

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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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…