Being OK

By Anonymous It’s the question that always seems rhetorical, the one that doesn’t really tend to have an answer according to society, Ireland and the world’s elephant in the room – yes, it is 2018 and we for some reason feel scepticism to talk about our mental health. The very stigma and socially accepted norm is one which I hope burns to the ground in … Continue reading Being OK

Missguided’s Body Positive Campaign

By Katie Burke New Year, New Me. It has been long established that January is the time for people to break out their fitness clothing and begin some form of diet. Unfortunately, such ideas can have a negative impact through putting pressure on people’s perceptions of themselves. However, one fashion story was a positive light during what can be a difficult time for body positivity … Continue reading Missguided’s Body Positive Campaign

Motley Poetry: Groundhog Days 

By Simon Pindel It’s a tough old resolution – labour. It pierces through the skin Makes an incision in your spine And rectifies the soul   Now seen with leathery hands And foot soles like bark They show how much I’ve aged In the last two months No longer edging the line Between responsibility and apathy But shunning it       Let the soap … Continue reading Motley Poetry: Groundhog Days 

Spirits of the Dead

Leah Marshall dissects the poignant work of one of poetry’s most controversial figures Spirits of the Dead is a perfect paradigm for not only Edgar Allan Poe’s work but also his legacy. The poem is moody, brooding and creates an atmospheric landscape, all attributes applicable to Poe’s work overall. This poem had a quintessential Poe quality about it and depending on one’s feelings towards him, … Continue reading Spirits of the Dead

Motley Tries: Quitting Smoking

By Hassan Baker It’s worth noting that this article is written more so to document the struggle one encounters when attempting to quit smoking, rather than as a confessional essay or a success story, as it by no means is one. I started a very different article a few weeks back. One that pinpointed the pros and cons of smoking, and highlighted why I wished to … Continue reading Motley Tries: Quitting Smoking

The Final Countdown

Leah Driscoll documents the lingering existential dread that has engulfed semester two. The last twenty-something years have been pretty sweet and decision-free. The majority of us have moved seamlessly from primary, to secondary, to third level education with only one or two CAO related bruises along the way. By final year of college, those bruises have long faded. But now, as our three or four-year … Continue reading The Final Countdown