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Talent is important but can't be sustained without good work ethic

I still remember the moment when I first figured out that the books I adored didn’t magically appear out of thin air; there was a real-life person behind those ...

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It’s terrible how complacent we can become about Irish tourist attractions

If I handed you a list of the top 10 things to do in Ireland before you die, how many do you reckon you could tick off?

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When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realise that one cannot eat money

I was listening to ‘Still Processing’, an excellent podcast presented by two culture writers with The New York Times, when they introduced that week’s ...

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Libraries must be protected. If you’re not a member of your local library, why not?

In Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell popularised the theory of the ‘10,000-hour rule’, saying that in order to master any given subject ...

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Did I want to be special? Or did I just want to be seen?

Note to parents: allowing your child to eat an entire tube of Pringles before setting sail in ‘rough swells’ is never going to end well.

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We have a culture of people afraid to change but who secretly want to

I saw a cartoon recently in which a butterfly and a caterpillar (stay with me) are sitting at a table, having a drink together, when the caterpillar says to the ...

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Louise O'Neill: Until very recently, none of us ‘civilians’ gave any thought whatsoever to our ‘personal brands’

The most important thing to be in your social media is ‘authentic’ but what does that even mean?

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Many women face daily pressure to conform...but nowhere does this seem so intense as it does in motherhood

I HAVE read that a girl’s relationship with her father will predict her love life, and that with her mother will determine her relationship with herself.

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It’s funny how the markers of a childhood steeped in religion still emerge occasionally

As a child growing up in Ireland, being Catholic was as much a part of my identity as being Irish was. I didn’t give either a great deal of thought, nor felt ...

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I often wonder why people find it so difficult to believe how prevalent sexual violence is

THIS week, I watched Leaving Neverland, the documentary about James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who allege that when they were children they were sexually molested ...

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I often wonder why people find it so difficult to believe how prevalent sexual violence is

This week, I watched Leaving Neverland, the documentary about James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who allege that when they were children they were sexually molested ...

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I have many things that I want to do with my precious life

At the start of 2019, I bought myself a new planner. I do this every year, relishing the opportunity to outline my short-term and long-term goals for the 12 months ...

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Advice for those suffering with eating disorders

Monday marks the last day of Eating Disorder Awareness Week which ran from February 26 to March 4. It aims to raise understanding and awareness around the complexities ...

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I turned to new age spirituality to appease my need for something sacred

I WAS a religious child, convinced the devil was watching my every move, eager to entice me into the greatest sin I could conceive of at that time — stealing ...

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'It was a blinding realisation of my own mortality'

As I write this column, my grandmother has been dead for 10 days. When I wake up every morning since, I feel the need to remind myself of this fact.

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'Go in peace, Granny Murphy. It’s time for you to go home'

Granny Murphy was supposed to be my guest at the Cork Person of the Year awards only two weeks ago. She had her hair done especially, the good outfit picked out.

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I spent a long time feeling as if I didn’t fit in in Cork, that I was always on the outside looking in

I am writing this from the Metropole Hotel in Cork, where I was invited to be their writer-in-residence for January, writes Louise O'Neill.

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The trials and tribulations of being a millennial in 2019

We all know the clichés about this generation of young people, born between the mid-’80s and late ’90s. They say we are overly sensitive and quick ...

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I found the gratitude journal most helpful on the days where nothing had gone according to plan, or when I felt hopeless and despondent

Have you heard of gratitude journals? It’s a diary where you write down everything that you’re grateful for in an attempt to focus your attention on ...

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January isn’t the right time to become a ‘New You’, as if the old you is a skin that you can shed like a snake. No, no

Forgive me for being Captain Obvious here, but my god, January is such a gloomy month.

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Why is it so impossible to understand when people ask you to use certain language to describe their lives, experiences, gender?

I was on the phone, going through my personal details. We came to the section about my relationship status, and the man asked if I was married, single, divorced, ...

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Rather than giving things up, perhaps we should think about taking things on instead?

Are you still hungover from St Stephen’s night?

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Louise O'Neill: It’s important that we’re aware of the historical context of the backlash against feminism

I went to the Tate Modern in London because I wanted to see what The New Yorker described as an ‘empathy-inducing installation’ about immigration by ...

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It’s important that we’re aware of the historical context of the backlash against feminism

I went to the Tate Modern in London because I wanted to see what The New Yorker described as an ‘empathy-inducing installation’ about immigration by ...

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Society pushes the notion that to find happiness we need to be in a committed relationship

Have you heard of the term “Cuffing Season”? Coined by Urban Dictionary in 2011, it’s defined as the period between autumn and winter when “people ...

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I don’t know if we would have seen this level of anger even five years ago

I was surprised to see a recent glut of articles worrying about the fate of Christmas parties in the #MeToo era, says Lousie O'Neill.

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'I leave my phone at home and I forget the rest of the universe exists'

When I was at university, I had two friends who were teetotal, writes Louise O'Neill.

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Why are we still not seeing more house-husbands?

I grew up in what you might consider a fairly traditional family. My father worked, my mother stayed at home with me and my sister.

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There is no secret trick to writing a novel

It’s November, which means it’s National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is the brainchild of Chris Baty, a freelance writer based in San Francisco. The ...

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