Tag: mental health


#FiveOnFriday with Liam Kelly, author of Worried William Blog

Nine-year-old William admits that he is a worrier – but by writing down everything that happens in his life over time, William shares what makes him stressed, what makes him worry, and ultimately what makes him smile – from schoolday angst to the upcoming Halloween Disco… Worried William is a character created by teacher Liam Kelly, who came up with the idea after a stint...

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“Writing my way out of that cave”- Meg Grehan on working through anxiety and agoraphobia Blog

“Writing about anxiety and agoraphobia and all of the other beasties made them seem smaller somehow. It made me bigger somehow. I started to feel my head get lighter, I started to feel my feet touch the ground again.” Author Meg Grehan recently published The Space Between, a beautiful free verse novel about a young woman experiencing isolation and mental health struggles who finds warmth, love...

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#FiveOnFriday with Kevin Nolan Blog

Singer-songwriter Kevin Nolan, a long-time advocate for First Fortnight and most memorable Master of Ceremonies at the 2015 First Fortnight Festival Hootenanny at St Patrick’s Hospital, has released a live video of his song The Last Days of Harry Carey. Hot Press calls it spell-binding – “a bombastic four minutes of blood and thunder that’s worth the price of admission alone”. The story behind it encompasses...

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How beating an eating disorder inspired a cartoon character Blog

A NEW Irish graphic novel deals with eating disorders in a humorous and imaginative way – Loopy Loo: A story of Beating Bulimia is available on Amazon, written and illustrated by Dan Reynolds and inspired by the story of Rosalyn Sheehy who decided to share her tale of recovery to help others going through similar issues. First Fortnight spoke to Rosalyn about how the book...

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Creaking – a work that plays on age, movement and mental health Blog

“The starting point was the question, what age do you feel in your head as opposed to your body?” – writer and theatre performer Noelle Browne on Creaking THIS year’s tremendously successful First Fortnight festival wraps up on January 20 with an immersive piece of theatre, Creaking, at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Co Kildare. Creaking was co-created by Oonagh Murphy and writer/performer Noelle Browne,...

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#FiveOnFriday with The Wonder Eye director Alan Gilsenan Blog

Acclaimed filmmaker Alan Gilsenan – known for his portraits of Liam Clancy (The Yellow Bittern), Roger Casement, Gore Vidal and more – has turned his lens on groundbreaking doctor Ivor Browne in The Wonder Eye (showing at Irish Film Institute as part of the First Fortnight festival). The now retired Professor Emeritus at UCD and chief Eastern Health Board psychiatrist ruffled a few establishment feathers...

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Mollie Molumby, director of award winning Half Light Blog

“A tale which is as true as it is untrue; simultaneously fact and fiction. Chaotic yet controlled. Childish yet adult. Half dark and half light…” So runs the descriptive blurb for Half Light, a theatre piece which runs at First Fortnight for four nights (and one matinee) from January 10-14 at Dublin’s Smock Alley – the piece follows a 10-year-old boy, Robin, who enters the...

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#FiveOnFriday with singer Laoise Blog

“It’s crucial that I have a creative space where I can be impulsive and audacious and I don’t have to answer to anyone” Our FiveOnFriday chat is with Laoise – the young Galway singer has just released You, a beguiling slice of atmospheric electro (to stream/purchase on all platforms, Spotify, iTunes etc). Although it has a dark edge, of her current overall aesthetic, she says...

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#FiveonFriday with radio host Lisa Gernon Blog

Lisa Gernon is a host on Walk in My Shoes Radio,  Ireland’s only all-digital pop-up radio station. The station has been broadcasting live all this week 10th–14th Oct from St Patrick’s University Hospital to mark World Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental health advocates, celebrity ambassadors and well-known presenters from stations across the country have been presenting shows all week long. Lisa says: “The overall aim of Walk...

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#FiveOnFriday with Catherine Howley Blog

Whatever your views on Brexit, it’s been hard to escape the six letter spectre which continues to colour every media story and poison conversations on either side of the Irish sea and beyond.  Economists and business owners are doing their best to control the narrative and limit any damage, while politicians have been tearing themselves apart in the aftermath of the referendum. There has been...

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