LOUISE O'NEILL: People who create art for a living have to be prepared that people won’t like their work

I have been thinking a lot about criticism recently.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: A retreat made me evaluate how much has changed in the last six years

When everything fell apart, I fell too but I fell on my wits, I fell on an inner strength I never knew I had, writes Louise O’Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: From religion to politics to identity, this ‘othering’ of anyone who is different than us is insidious

There are quite a few things in my everyday life that can catapult me head-first into an indignant rage. People walking too slowly in front of me, writes Louise O'Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I couldn’t stomach having to kneel down every Sunday, whisper ‘I am not worthy, but only say the word and I shall be healed’

As a child, I had what some might describe as a religious fervour, writes Louise O’Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Digital detox: Why I switched off my phone

Every month without fail, I turn my phone off for 24 hours, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: What constitutes being a 'cool girl'

Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I am going to spend less time with people who police my food intake

It’s 2018 and The Future isn’t quite as exciting as I thought it would be, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Are we all in agreement that New Year’s Eve is the worst night of the year?

Are we all in agreement that New Year’s Eve is the worst night of the year? There’s too much pressure to have a good time, you can’t get a drink at the bar (oh, the humanity!), you have to pretend you know the words to Auld Lang Syne, and to add insult to injury, you are subjected to countless videos on Facebook of the ‘My Year in Ten Million Photos’ variety. No one cares, Aunty Maureen, get off social media.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: My Christmas list 2017

Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around the evening that my sister and I would sit down to write our Santa letters.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Successful women should resist the urge to pull the ladder up behind them

While I may not agree with every woman I meet, or even like them, I am still committed to using my voice, such as it is, to amplifying the voices of the women around me, writes Louise O’Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: 'It became increasingly challenging to eat properly because I was concerned about what my body would look like on camera'

Last month, I was given the James Joyce award by the Literary and Historical Society of UCD. It is the highest award that an Irish University can bestow upon an individual, and is reserved for those who ‘have achieved outstanding success in their given field’. 

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LOUISE O'NEILL: It’s December. And December means True Christmas time

"What is this?” my father asked in a bemused tone when he turned on the TV and found a couple kissing in an extremely chaste fashion, a picturesque snow-capped log cabin in the background. 

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Why the modern interpretation of Thanksgiving appeals to me

‘It’s easy to fall into a habit of dissatisfaction, culminating in a sense of uneasiness about our lives. Is this it? Is this all there is? writes Louise O'Neill

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