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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,…
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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…
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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…

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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…
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‘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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Being a good person in a fat body

July 17, 2022
THE REVIEW   Nobuhle N Nyoni writes about dating, the opinions of others and chasing the Disney Princess dream.  If I could get a dollar for every time that I was…
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But what did she eat? The obsession with our favourite characters’ favourite foods

July 7, 2022
THE ESSAY   Food writer Jocelyn Doyle is hungry for more detail about what her TV and film idols are eating I’m never not thinking about food, and learning what…
Culture

Is Skincare a scam? 

July 7, 2022
THE ARTICLE   Have we, as consumers, bought into the lie sold to us by Big Skincare? Erica Bracken writes. The cult of skincare kind of crept up on us…
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I was wrong about… social media

July 7, 2022
THE COLUMN   In the latest instalment of her column, Clare Egan reflects on the power of quitting social media I came of age in an era of technological optimism.…
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The aftermath

July 3, 2022
THE ESSAY   Our anonymous writer on that moment when you know it’s over, and finding herself a single mother at forty I think I first realised it was over…
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The live, laugh, loveification of beauty 

July 3, 2022
THE ARTICLE   The modern face of beauty marketing is clever. Harvesting customer needs for spirituality and guidance, a pseudo-philosophy is at play when shifting today’s product. But where does…
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I’m here to assist you with your freelance onboarding

July 3, 2022
THE REVIEW   One year after starting to work for herself, Esther O’Moore Donohoe gives her guide to being self-employed   Hello and welcome to self-employment. You listened to Break…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…

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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…