Far from perfect but Love Island can start an important discussion

Far from perfect but Love Island can start an important discussion

I tried my best last year. I really did. To watch Love Island, that is. Four episodes in, I felt entirely revulsed by what I saw as its vapidity and celebration ...

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There have to be consequences for bad behaviour. But I also want to believe in the power of redemption

There have to be consequences for bad behaviour. But I also want to believe in the power of redemption

This week I read a superb book called No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us, by Rachel Louise Snyder. The book is divided ...

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The best advice I got for dealing with adult acne

The best advice I got for dealing with adult acne

I moved to New York when I was 25 and within two weeks of touching down at JFK airport, I had the first signs of adult acne.

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I promise you, that as hard as recovery from an eating disorder is, it's worth it

I promise you, that as hard as recovery from an eating disorder is, it's worth it

The day my Leaving Cert results were issued, I was in Spain, writes Louise O'Neill.

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'There’s a genuine relief at the age of 34 to be able to say, I’m tired. I’m going to go home to bed'

'There’s a genuine relief at the age of 34 to be able to say, I’m tired. I’m going to go home to bed'

Marian Keyes often uses a phrase that her grandmother used to say: “I don’t have the houlding out.”

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'For years now, I’ve been reading and hearing about transcendental meditation'

'For years now, I’ve been reading and hearing about transcendental meditation'

My first ever experience of meditation was in the prayer room in my secondary school; a class of 20 girls lying down on the floor, listening to our religion teacher ...

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Getting immersed in an ocean of serenity in West Cork

Louise O’Neill enjoys some pampering in a true home away from home in West Cork.

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Today is June 1st and do you know what that means?

Today is June 1st and do you know what that means?

Today is June 1st and do you know what that means? It’s Dinosaur Day! And Don’t Give up the Ship Day, commemorating the last words said by Captain James ...

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I thought that unless I was the best, I was unfit for love or acceptance from anyone

I thought that unless I was the best, I was unfit for love or acceptance from anyone

I FINISHED writing my fifth novel this week. It’s a first draft, I hasten to add, and an extremely messy one at that, so I’m not getting overly excited. ...

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Talent is important but can't be sustained without good work ethicThis story is enriched with multi-media content

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 attractionsThis story is enriched with multi-media content

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

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?

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?

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

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’

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

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

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 isThis story is enriched with multi-media content

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

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

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

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 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'

'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'

'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 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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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 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'

'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?This story is enriched with multi-media content

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

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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