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Identity

Irishness

How do you define someone's Irishness? Is it by their accent, their passport, their residence, their parents, their birthplace, or is it their appearance? I recently took part in a social experiment by Una Kavanagh to capture images of those of us who are Irish, but don’t look Irish, and are regularly asked “where are… Continue reading Irishness

Mental Health

Fear Of The Familiar

I can feel it now - it's like a coldness around my heart. A dull sensation in the pit of my stomach. Intermittently interrupted by nervous flutters. There's a sense of dread. Of heaviness. A resistance to moving, or doing, or being. I have never been formally diagnosed with anxiety or depression, so I never… Continue reading Fear Of The Familiar

Growth

Learning To Accept Kindness From Others

What do you do when you finally step out of the darkness of self-loathing and depression, and the light of love of admiration is too bright? How do you look directly at the beauty of people's words and gestures when you've spent years conditioning yourself to try to fix your broken self? How do you… Continue reading Learning To Accept Kindness From Others

Identity

Leaving Ireland To Gain Perspective

I was asked by an English friend nearly 6 years ago “if you got pregnant now, would you keep it?” I was 27 at the time, single, and had been in London less than 6 months, in a temporary job, and a stack of student debt after finishing my Masters the year before. And yet,… Continue reading Leaving Ireland To Gain Perspective

Identity

Learning how to make (authentic) friends

I remember being a teenager and having this breakthrough realisation that if I was just really nice to everyone then they would have to like me and be my friend! Genius! I was obviously a lonely teenager, with very few friends. I didn’t know who I was, or who I wanted to be. I surrounded… Continue reading Learning how to make (authentic) friends

Self-Care

My Self-Care Awakening

I’m going to share how I practice self care, and it’s practice, not do, because it’s an ever evolving process! But I’m going to share what works for me because I really feel that we do not do enough of this for ourselves, and that if we did it would make a huge difference to… Continue reading My Self-Care Awakening