My submission to the Constitutional Convention about marriage equality

There’s no denying that the introduction of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 was a big moment in the fight for equality for members of Ireland’s LGBT community.

For the first time same-sex couples were able to have their relationships legally recognised by the State. However, it doesn’t go far enough. There are still over 160 differences between civil partnerships and civil marriage.

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Review: My Queen by Alexander McQueen EDP

My Queen by Alexander McQueen

My Queen by Alexander McQueen has been around since 2005. It contains top notes of Parma violet and sweet almond. Its middle notes are orange blossom, heliotrope and white musk. While iris, vanilla, vetiver and cedar make up its base notes.

When first spritzed on the skin I’m hit by the sweet almond. This soon calms and mixes with the Parma violet leaving an intriguing sweet lavender-esque fragrance.

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Time, it moves on

Time is a funny thing. Sometimes it seems to drag on while other times it flies by far too quickly. Either way it’s moving and it only goes in one direction. Forward.

This time a year ago I wasn’t in a very good place. So I did what I usually do when trying to make sense of things, I wrote about it.

I was heartbroken, sleep deprived, on the rebound and once again facing into the dark hole that is depression. Not a good combination. I was a mess. So I wrote about it some more.

I was pretty lost but turning to words helped me get through. There were plenty of times when I couldn’t verbalise how I was feeling but when I sat in front of a computer the words poured out of me. Some of it I published, some of it I only shared with particular people and some of it will never be read by anyone but me.

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Review: Alien by Thierry Mugler EDP

Alien by Thierry Mugler EDP - Sample


Alien by Thierry Mugler has top notes of mandarin orange and jasmine, middle notes of vanilla and cashmeran, while its base note is amber.

When first sprayed on the skin Alien is really citrusy, that’ll be the mandarin orange but it quickly disperses and is replaced by the light floral scent of jasmine. I don’t know if it’s just me but there’s something very calming about jasmine and I say that as someone who while recently exploring, and liking, floral fragrances is more used to the headiness of musk.

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Review: Skin Essentials by Mariga Nourishing Oil

Skin Essentials by Mariga Nourishing Oil

Last June the unthinkable happened, for a beauty junkie like me anyway, all my skincare products ran out on the same day and I had no back-ups. So, naturally, I did what anyone would do and tweeted about my dilemma. I knew other bloggers would enjoy a giggle at me being so unprepared.

What actually happened was that both Mariga from Skin Essentials and the lovely Dolly Rouge girls offered to send me some products so that I didn’t have the expense of replacing everything at once.

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Marriage equality

On Monday Kerry County Council became the 14th local authority, since July 2012, in Ireland (including Northern Ireland) to pass a motion in favour of marriage equality.

With the latest Millward Brown Lansdowne poll showing that 75% of people would vote yes in a referendum to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples it’s encouraging to see our local politicians back equality on this issue. Even if it is only a symbolic gesture.

Yes, there has been vocal opposition, by some councillors, to these motions but they have been shown time and time again to be within the minority.

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Savita Halappanavar – sadness, anger, fear and confusion

Needing to attend a hospital because you are in pain is a worrying time. Being pregnant, no doubt, makes it all the scarier as it’s not just your own life you are concerned for.

Being told that you are having a miscarriage is heart breaking beyond belief. Being left, for three days, in pain with a fully dilated cervix and leaking amniotic fluid is nothing short of barbaric.

That this happened to Savita Halappanavar and she died of septicaemia makes my blood run cold.

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Coming out…

Back in January I wrote about coming out to my family and mentioned that I didn’t have a big ah-ha moment when it came to realising that I was gay.

There were no questions. I didn’t struggle to figure myself out. I just was. Which was great until now.

Now, at the age of 28, the questions arise. With that comes the ups and downs, the what the fuck moments, the decision to either be the person I thought I was or the person I am now and the things, said and done, that have meant unnecessarily dragging others into my year of confusion.

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