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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LOUISE O'NEILL: 'You've to move forward, knowing someone hurt you and will never say they’re sorry'

Much to the surprise of some readers of this column (thank you, strange man on the internet for telling me I was ‘permanently outraged’ and ‘exhausting’ — I truly believe we could have a future together. Call me), I’m not very confrontational.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Rules around food often cause us to lose touch with what our bodies really require

A COUPLE of months ago, I was introduced to the concept of Intuitive Eating and I have become almost evangelical about it, says Louise O’Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Not all men but far too many women

We wonder what their ulterior motives are and we give them close-lipped smiles and wish they would leave us alone, writes Louise O'Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: 'That was when I first learned that girls were supposed to look pretty rather than frightening on October 31'

This is my favourite time of the year. The evenings getting darker, the fires lighting, there’s no need to carry a parasol with me at all times lest a single ray of sunshine touch my skin. 

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LOUISE O'NEILL: 'Periods are still seen as something that should be kept secret for fear we scare the men-folk'

When I first began writing, I had my own blog. The most popular piece I ever posted was when I shared embarrassing period stories and asked other women to comment underneath with their own, writes Louise O'Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I was supposed to live in a city, that was my destiny

While working at ELLE in New York, I had to challenge quite a few of my colleagues’ misconceptions about Ireland. 

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LOUISE O'NEILL: It’s interesting that some people still believe that a fulfilling career is worthless unless you have a romantic partner to share it with

I had an interesting conversation at the farmers’ market recently, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: A behaved woman never made history

Since reading Hillary Clinton’s memoir I’ve been giving a lot of thought to ‘difficult women’, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: March. March, I beg of you

I know that most of you are horrified by the stories detailing the atrocities that women have been subjected to over the last 100 years, writes Louise O’Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Is cosmetic surgery a feminist issue?

It seems doubly cruel how we laugh at plastic surgery that has gone wrong, writes Louise O’Neill

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