Spring/Summer ’21 Trend Forecast

By Sarah Collins   Spring is finally upon us and as we look forward to brighter days, Sarah Collins is here to tell us what trends to look out for this season.   It’s that time of the year again! Brighter, warmer, and longer days are on the horizon which means it’s time to put […]

The Resonance of Sara Baume’s Handiwork During Lockdown

by James Kemmy  James Kemmy reviews a story of loneliness, grief, and the frustration of the creative process. The “glorious, crushing, ridiculous” repetition of daily life is documented profoundly in ‘Handiwork’, Sara Baume’s third book and non-fiction debut. The West Cork writer’s latest release is essentially a portrait of the everyday experiences of an artist, […]

Performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports and our personal lives

by Conor Daly   Performance-enhancing drugs and anabolic steroids are the long-standing euphemisms used to describe cheating in elite sport. This phenomenon used to be exclusive to elite athletes, but is now filtering through every social strata, and most worryingly, to teenagers. Current Affairs Staff Writer Conor Daly reports.    Sports science and nutrition have […]


This month, Motley exams drug use through the lens of poetry. Amano Miura presents a beautifully crafted pensive poem.    prescription   “Is it doing anything for ya?”  Well, I’m not sure to be frank.  Though my dreams are more  like VR now   a nightly heart attack.  “You won’t get hooked now will ya?”  Well, my […]

CBD in Skincare

  By Kaia Purcell   Deputy Fashion Editor Kaia Purcell gives us her top tips on how to integrate CBD oil as a powerful addition to our skincare regimen.   Cannabidiol (a.k.a CBD) has taken the skincare industry by storm in recent times with a steady flow of new products containing the hottest ingredient of […]

A Thousand Tricks

This month, Motley presents a series examining drugs through the lens of poetry. Second in this series is Sinead Mckweon’s thoughtful examination on excess. This is ‘A Thousand Tricks’. A Thousand Tricks    We look into the mirror of carnival tricks  Drink, Drugs, Beauty  We hide, we waste and we cover  our fears and our […]