Why You Really Should Watch ‘Knock Down The House’

Knock Down the House” is a documentary that follows four women run in the 2018 primary elections. They are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (a.k.a AOC), Cori Bush, Paula Jean Swearengin, and Amy Vilelain. These women are not career politicians. They are underdogs that came from a grassroots movement. I like many people grew up watching and rooting

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I Was A Bully, And I Didn’t Know It

There’s a bit of a bully in all of us, although its a label nobody wants. I hated school, I never felt like I belonged, and I had no idea where I fit in. I wasn’t a happy or confident kid, I was scared and insecure, but even more terrified of people knowing that I was weak,

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Book Club: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

For our Shona Book Club this month we decided to read The Tattooist of Auschwitz. It wasn’t an easy read but it was an important one. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews, two ordinary people living in an extraordinary time, deprived of their

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Taylors Back!

Oh Taylor we’ve missed you! While we were all asleep in our beds last night, the internet was loosing its minds as Taylor Swift released her new song and video. The song, called “ME”, features Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendan Urie. You guys, its a visual treat for eyes, with splashes of pastel paints,

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Ode to the girl I wish I was: By Libby

Ode to the girl I wish I was I am robot woman, humming the song of war I’ve been here before A million times and tries A million smiles and lies I don’t want to play games.   I am soldier woman, I have will power of steel And I don’t feel remorse for those I

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Comhairle na nóg and me: By Skye

A thing recently happened that blew my mind. I won a Garda youth award for my work in my local Comhairle Na Nòg. Now THAT, guys, (mostly) gals and non-binary pals, is an organisation you should look about joining (if you want to!). There’s a Comhairle in every county, and if you’re interested in politics,

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Have You Seen This New Earth Day Song….

This Monday is Earth Day, and to celebrate, rapper Lil Dicky has released a new start studded, if slightly bizzare song called “Earth”. The animated video, which is over 7 minutes long,  features lots of stars including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Lil Yachty, Leonardo DiCaprio, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Adam Levine, Charlie Puth,

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Celebrities Talk About Mental Health

A problem shared is a problem halved. At Shona, we believe that talking about our problems, and admitting that we feel vulnerable is incredibly freeing. Trying to keep up the facade that we live perfect lives is exhausting. Creating connections with others who feel like we do creates stronger and longer lasting friendships. Its really

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Why Marsai Martin is your new Queen

If you’re planning on hitting the cinema over the Easter break, may we respectfully insist that you go see Marsai Martin’s movie ‘Little’. Its very funny, super sassy and beautifully stylish. But more than that, we need to get behind Marsai as she rewrites the rules of Hollywood. Let us make our case…. Marsai is

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10 Rumi Quotes To Feed Your Soul

Very rarely do you check in to a Kardashian’s Instastory and not see a Rumi quote. No matter your mood, Rumi has a handy phrase to help you express it through the medium of social  media. But who is Rumi anyway? In the 13th century, Rumi was a wealthy nobleman and scholar, until he met

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Dear Shannon…. Keep Swimming 🐠

Dear Shannon, You’re 16 and I’m writing to you to you to give you a heads up.  There is a rough few years ahead. Being different is nothing to be ashamed of, but unfortunately you will learn this the hard way. Soon you will be mocked, taunted, pushed, and shoved.  A feeling of dread hangs

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Why Are We So Obsessed With True Crime? By Daisy

With the rise in popularity of ‘true crime’ documentaries, I think it’s important to ask ourselves why we’re so fascinated in the tragedies of others, in the minute details down to each minute and each dodgy footstep. Spoiler alert, it’s not because you’re secretly crazy. Yes, it’s true that these kinds of films are becoming

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Fibromyalga and Me

Hello! 😊My name Blessing and I am 19 years of age. I am Afro-Irish (born and raised in Dublin,with African ethnicity-Nigeria). In African culture, people often have a different perspective on ‘mental health’. Africans rely on faith, family and social communities for emotional support, rather than turning to health care professionals, even though medical or therapeutic

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How Autism Inspired Ciara Beth’s App

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Autism is defined as “a developmental disorder of variable severity that is characterized by difficulty in social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behaviour.” In the last few years in Ireland, amazing work has been done to increase awareness, due in no small

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Working Girls: Cassie Delaney, Queen of Podcasts

Seriously. What’s not to love about podcasts? The history of the Roman Empire, Rhode Island crime lords, bodies in barrells, business start ups, daily pep talks, in depth analysis of Stormi’s birthday party or weird deaths, podcasts are the best way to entertain yourself whilst walking, driving, exercising or tidying your room. Enter Ireland’s podcast queen,

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Ruby’s Anti-Bullying Song Goes Viral 👏👏👏

Anyone who has ever been bullied knows how isolated and helpless it can make you feel. When its really bad it can make you retreat into yourself to such a level that you silence the voice inside you that once told you that you could achieve anything. 13 year old Ruby O’Kelly from Cavan saw

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Why I couldn’t Get Out Of Bed Today: By Abigail

This morning I woke up with an empty familiar feeling in my stomach. As soon as I opened my eyes I knew I was not in a good place. Waking up feeling down is tough. You want to start the day fresh, with optimism and thinking you can achieve anything. Waking up feeling down and

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5 Tips for a Good Nights Sleep: By Amy

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for your wellness. We know this right? Studies have shown that a lack of good sleep can significantly affect your health and lead to more serious medical conditions like obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and even diabetes. If you live, say, 75 years, you will spend 25

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