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#FiveOnFriday with Sarah Conway Blog

The gentle rhyme of Sarah Conway’s staggering poem ‘Never Give Up‘ allows the words to flow like a fairy tale. Within the piece though, lies a life story which reveals itself in uncompromising entirety; petals, thorns and all. Recently her life story, her current situation and her indefatigable love-fuelled positivity were the focus of an Irish Times article which delved into the precarious nature of life for...

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FiveOnFriday with singer songwriter Lisa Loughrey All Posts / Blog / Featured

Lisa Loughrey is a Kildare singer songwriter, formerly a member of six-piece alt-folk outfit The Mariannes, whose solo project has taken flight with an EP, Plans and Schemes, launching in the Vintage Room of the Workman’s Club tonight, Friday, July 13th. Lisa’s debut single, Coming Up, released last year, harks back to confessional Seventies folk artists as well as more traditional influences and has earned...

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#FiveOnFriday with Constance Keane Blog

INTERVIEW BY GRAYCE LEONARD Fears is the solo project of the 25 year-old musician from Dublin, Constance Keane. Earlier this year she released “h_always”, written during her time spent in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services where she found a comforting hub in the music room facilities. This became a significant part of her recovery process. Can you give me a little bit of background on...

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VIDEO: Sean Cooney on how cycling helps his mental health All Posts / Blog / Featured

OUR own Sean Cooney tells how how keeping fit has helped him appreciate and improve his own mental health. Sean is representing us at MENS Project, an Erasmus + funded European initiative promoting the benefits an active lifestyle can have on your mental health, as part of the “Life is Like a Bike” campaign…   You can read Sean’s cycling blogs in the build-up to the...

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FiveOnFriday with The No Normal host Richie O Connell Blog / Featured

“I want to show that mentally ill people are just like everyone else; they have personalities, passions, brains, a sense of humour, …their illness doesn’t define them and is nothing to be ashamed of… – The No Normal host Richie O Connell The No Normal is a new Cork-based web chat show, and host Richie O Connell interviews people about their mental health and how...

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PIC: Grayce Leonard Blog / Featured

EARLIER this year Mayo singer-songwriter Maria Kelly released her AA side EP ‘Dark Places/ ‘Small Talk’ in which she explores topics of mental health, depression and social anxiety. The raw qualities of Maria’s voice speak volumes to her listeners and fans and through her honest depiction of her own struggles within this release, she is truly resonating with others. GRAYCE LEONARD spoke to Maria for...

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‘Bikefulness’ – when cycling becomes meditation Blog / Featured

“Cycling up hills can be hard but cycling offers its own antidote.” FIRST Fortnight’s Sean Cooney is gearing up for the Cycle Against Suicide on April 28 as part of the Mental Health European Network of Sports (MENS) project, an initiative to promote awareness of the  health-enhancing properties of physical activity. Here in Pt 2 of his blog, Sean details his progress, or occasional lack...

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Night of the Hunter – surreal comedy queen Ruth Hunter Blog / Featured

“I tried to do normal life but I thought my skin was gonna melt off my skeleton…“ RUTH Hunter is a comedian and contributor to the Headstuff site, where she Hunter-gathers (geddit?) fellow comics for friendly online chats. She hosts a regular stand-up night in the Workman’s Club (third Sundays of the month), co-hosted by Conor O’Toole, who joins Ruth on the bill for the Comedy...

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ON HIS BIKE: Sean Cooney sets off on a big cycle challenge All Posts / Blog / Featured

 “Life is like a bike. To keep your balance, you have to keep moving.” – Albert Einstein   FIRST Fortnight’s Sean Cooney is taking part in this year’s Cycle Against Suicide and our organisation is proud to be part of the Mental Health European Network of Sports – MENS – project, a Europe-wide initiative to promote awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity. With...

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First Fortnight are currently looking to fill the position of Full-Time Marketing and Events Intern in Dublin city. Please see job description for further details: Marketing and Events Internship Please apply with the following and send to info@firstfortnight.ie by Wed 9 May: A one page cover letter A CV Please submit a rough event and marketing plan for a tech and mental health panel talk event...

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