'When you're lying in that bed in Dún Laoghaire, it's easy to think it's all over but it's far from it'
Twelve years after he was left paralysed, Westmeath para-cyclist Declan Slevin recounts the journey which has taken him to the Paralympic Games.
Wednesday 21 May, 2014
Giggsy was arguably the first of the celebrity footballers, a brave pioneer with fabulous bone structure in a world previously reserved for bouffant rock stars and toothy actors.
Thursday 8 May, 2014
His behaviour has been odd to say the least, so is Franco engaging in a little method acting?
Wednesday 23 April, 2014
Lindsay Lohan’s “docu-series” on Oprah Winfrey’s channel had bombed; have we finally had enough of watching celebrities fall from grace?
Thursday 10 April, 2014
We can’t really whinge at Lady Gaga for wanting control over her own image – after all, her image is her livelihood, writes Lisa McInerney.
Tuesday 25 March, 2014
RTÉ’s newest comedy offering wheels out quite a few stereotypes but none are treated as badly as the character of Nuala Mooney, a transgender woman played by Aprés Match’s Gary Cooke, writes Lisa McInerney.
Tuesday 11 March, 2014
International megastar Shakira has revealed that she no longer appears in music videos with male co-stars, because boyfriend Gerard Piqué has banned it, writes Lisa McInerney.
Tuesday 25 February, 2014
Sharon Ni Bheolain was treated abominably by our tabloids at the weekend, so what must it be like to be an international star? It gets hot under that spotlight, writes Lisa McInerney.
Thursday 6 February, 2014
Friday 24 January, 2014
Justin Bieber is a singularly unpleasant young chap who terrorises his neighbours, drag races ‘under the influence’, and abandons Capuchin monkeys… but what chance did he have? Lisa McInerney takes a look at the volatile lives of child stars.
Friday 10 January, 2014
We don’t want goddesses to worship. That’s why women like Jennifer Lawrence, Mindy Kaling, Laverne Cox and Melissa McCarthy and are as much loved as they are lauded.
Sunday 29 December, 2013
Appropriated Twerking, Joffrey Bieber and the Reign of The Selfie… 2013 was full of ostensibly casual moments over which we could bond and track how our society is changing.
Sunday 8 December, 2013
Is it just a readiness to believe the worst, born of begrudgery, that allows us to fall for outrageous celebrity quotes?
Sunday 24 November, 2013
A few months ago the word “feminist” was strictly taboo for pop stars, but now they’re falling over themselves to identify as feminists, writes Lisa McInerney
Thursday 14 November, 2013
Actors like Chris Hemsworth are praised for their dedication when they lose weight for roles, while female actors are chided for being poor role models. But the reverential obsession with actors slimming radically for jobs is harmful.
Wednesday 23 October, 2013
Thursday 3 October, 2013
Sinead O’Connor has written to Miley Cyrus expressing concern that she is being manipulated – but Cyrus is an industry veteran with who understands very well what she’s doing, writes Lisa McInerney.
Monday 16 September, 2013
Should we direct our distaste at airhead figures like Roz Flanagan – or the system that creates them?
A profile piece on one of TV3′s “Dublin Housewives” caused quite a stir yesterday. And what a convenient place to direct the mob’s ire; an over-privileged reality TV star rather than our own imbalanced society, writes Lisa McInereny.
Thursday 5 September, 2013
Allegations that Femen is run by a bully-boy svengali who hand-picks pretty girls to carry out topless protests underlines how confused this approach to tackling sexism really is, writes Lisa McInerney.
Tuesday 20 August, 2013
If you’re more upset about a sexual act occurring than about the malicious sharing of images of that act online, then you have a lot to think about, writes Lisa McInerney.
Monday 12 August, 2013
Changing consumption habits – driven by economics or social change – are shutting our locals. Should we care?
Monday 29 July, 2013
The UK plans to make online pornography an ‘opt-in’ choice to try and shield children from it – but will that really protect kids from early sexualisation?
Monday 15 July, 2013
Report after report has documented the problems with St Patrick’s Institution – but now we need to actually deal with young offenders in a meaningful way.
Monday 1 July, 2013
Our capacity for putting up with ‘charismatic’ cowboys is no longer a bad national joke – it’s our national downfall.
Monday 17 June, 2013
There is common ground to be found between pro-life and pro-choice people, writes Lisa McInerney, but plastic foetuses and death threats are eroding it.
Monday 3 June, 2013
Childcare is more of a vocation than a 9-to-5 – but many workers are still underpaid and underqualified, writes Lisa McInerney.
Monday 20 May, 2013
The radio presenter could have attacked those responsible for mismanaging the country – but instead he kicked down, writes Lisa McInerney.
Monday 6 May, 2013
…not when the party still owe us a tooth and an eye. So why are many people perversely choosing to drift back=?
Monday 22 April, 2013
This question is not born out of contempt, says TheJournal.ie columnist, but is out of genuine bewilderment when you consider the status of women in Catholic doctrine.
Monday 8 April, 2013
But the misinformation wasn’t coming from The Voice judge, writes Lisa McInerney, it is coming from his critics – and it’s why young people disregard them.
Monday 25 March, 2013
Blaming sexual assault victims for their ordeals – such as in the recent case in Steubenville, Ohio – is retrograde and wrong.
Monday 11 March, 2013
Monday 25 February, 2013
“Female celebs are required to share enough to present a rosy image of pregnancy, without grossing anyone out with gory details.”
Monday 11 February, 2013
The hand of the State and religious bodies in what happened to the women of the Laundries is clear – but the hard facts of the McAleese report also shows that the Irish public was complicit too.
Monday 28 January, 2013
The terrifying ‘How to land a man’ books have dressed their old claptrap up in the language of the interweb – and are a good guide of what NOT to do in the world of dating.
Monday 14 January, 2013
A new #shoutingback project on social media reveals lots of decent men are horrified by public harassment of women – none of us, men or women, should put up with it.
Monday 31 December, 2012
The true mark of maturity, however, is to stop beating ourselves up over not being the perfect adult – and to resolve to be a better kid.
Monday 17 December, 2012
We overspend, not because we’re greedy or worried we’ll be ostracised if we don’t, but because we love how generosity feels.
Monday 3 December, 2012
It took this long for the State to really address medically-necessary termination – so how long is it going to take for it to address the wider complexity of
Monday 19 November, 2012
Women do like nice men – and to say otherwise, as an anonymous column did last week, is a real disservice to the good guys.
Monday 5 November, 2012
Jarvis Cocker was right – it’s not cool to pretend to be poor, and struggling to get by doesn’t automatically make you a folk hero.