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Seachtain na Gaeilge: 4 ways to celebrate the Irish language

By Rachel McLoughlin / March 7, 2021

Seachtain na Gaeilge, the annual international festival celebrating the Irish language, is in full swing this year. Although the name translates to “Irish language week”, the festival generally runs a bit longer than its namesake, from the 1st March right up to St Patrick’s Day on the 17th March. This is often a cause for […]

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The feminine hygiene industry and what it says about society’s treatment of women

By Rachel McLoughlin / February 28, 2021

In recent years, the multi-billion-dollar feminine hygiene industry has come under much – long-overdue – scrutiny at the hands of a growing conversation surrounding women’s health. In the process, sweeping misinformation in the form of marketing tactics for unnecessary and harmful vaginal and vulvar products have been brought to light. The damaging rhetoric that comes […]

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Swapping dairy milk for plant-based alternatives: what are the benefits?

By Rachel McLoughlin / February 25, 2021

Nowadays, in a world of ever-increasing plant-based alternatives and a variety of options that vegans ten years ago could only have dreamed of, more and more consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of what they buy. Mainly owing to an increased awareness of climate issues, as well as nutritional or medical reasons, the popularity of plant-based […]

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A look back at Beyoncé’s 2016 Super Bowl performance: Why was it so important?

By Rachel McLoughlin / February 13, 2021

Last weekend marked 5 years since Beyoncé’s captivating appearance as a special guest at the 2016 NFL Super Bowl halftime show, with the performance of her latest single, “Formation,” grabbing headlines and provoking both controversy and praise in the U.S. and beyond. The controversy widely came due to her “politically charged” message, which drew attention […]

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6 of the best films coming to Netflix this February

By Rachel McLoughlin / February 1, 2021

Every month, Netflix adds a stream of great new content, with some older classics as well as some newer releases, like the often much-anticipated Netflix originals which have taken the film and television industry by storm in recent years. February is shaping up to be a great month for Netflix releases, so let’s take a […]

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Problem gambling: Ireland’s neglected addiction

By Rachel McLoughlin / January 29, 2021

Gambling is not a new phenomenon. In fact, the early beginnings of gambling can be traced back to ancient China around 2300 BC, where tiles unearthed in recent decades were found to have been used as a type of lottery. With gambling embedded in our culture for thousands of years now, it is an everyday […]

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