Features

Below are links to some of my features in The Irish Times and the Irish Independent.

Health and Wellbeing

Ditch the beach body, and love your lumps and bumps: This feature can be seen here. For this piece, I spoke to mental health professionals about the why people should learn to love their bodies for what they are instead of constantly trying to improve them.

Living with the ‘sissy issue’ of men’s eating disorders: For this feature, I spoke to mental health professionals and a man who lives with an eating disorder about the stigma that men who have these disorders face.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: an invisible and untreatable illness: For this feature, I spoke to a number of people who are living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), a frequently misunderstood condition.

Why don’t men go to the doctor? For this feature, I spoke to health professionals about some of the reasons that men are less likely to go to the doctor than women.

Not everyone will trust HR. Instead you need ‘staff champions’: For this feature I spoke to mental health professionals about what organisations are doing to improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, and how they can avoid it becoming a ‘tick the box’ exercise.

‘The pool is my safe place’: Swim your way to contentment: For this feature, I spoke to a woman who has used swimming to help her cope with her anxiety. I also spoke to other experts and spokespeople about the health benefits of swimming and why so many people find it helps to relieve stress.

How to get fit without going to a gym: For this feature, I looked at different ways people can get fit without a gym subscription.

Social Issues

Why are students so poor at Irish after 12 years of school? For this feature, I spoke to Irish band Seo Linn about some of the ways they are trying to make the Irish language fun and accessible for children.

The last days of Ireland’s gay saunas: For this feature, I spoke to two men who frequent gay saunas about what they get from these experiences and if they are likely to continue to exist for much longer.

‘Sex for rent’ in Ireland: massages, modelling, no money: For this feature, I investigated Ireland’s ‘Sex for Rent’ adverts and contacted the men advertising for these situations for comment.

Smart initiative by Peter McVerry Trust breathes new life into vacant city homes: For this feature, I went out with the Peter McVerry Trust to see the homes they were renovating to give homeless people a place to live.

‘Mum wouldn’t mind’: When adult children abuse their parents: For this feature, I spoke to people working with victims of elder abuse about some of the insidious signs that an older person is being abused.

DNA tests: ‘According to this, we’re cousins, but I’ve never heard of you’: For this feature, I spoke to people who have discovered they have Irish ancestry through DNA tests, and also spoke to a DNA expert about the pros and cons of these widely accessible, online tests.

When home is a tent: ‘You’re up all night, freezing cold, pissed on’: For this feature, I went out on the streets of Dublin to talk to homeless people who have taken to living in tents.

Homing in on the referendum: For this feature, I spoke to young Irish people abroad who were coming home to vote in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the constitution, which banned abortion in almost all circumstances in Ireland.