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Earlier this year we announced that we were on the hunt for Ireland’s most style-savvy fashionista.

We said that the crown was reserved for the blogger, social media star or famous face who is absolutely killing it on the fashion scene right now.

And you guys responded in your droves.

So, without further ado, here are the five finalists for our Style Icon of the Year Award!

Courtney Smith

As a stylist, creative director and all-round fashionista, Courtney Smith's appeal cannot be overestimated.

With fans and followers that number in their tens of thousands, Courtney's contribution to the world of fashion is one of the most impactful of the last decade.

Louise Cooney

Dividing her time between the worlds of fashion and travel, Louise Cooney has made a serious name for herself as a style icon.

With a background in Communications & Marketing, Louise has a knack for making style relatable and fashion fun.

Clementine MacNeice

One of the most sought after stylists in Ireland today, Clementine's route to the world of fashion was somewhat unconventional.

Having initially embarked upon an English and Drama degree in Trinity College, Clementine couldn't ignore her passion for fashion, and ultimately threw herself into various style-related jobs before establishing herself within the industry she loves.

Suzanne Jackson

Over the course of seven years, Suzanne has watched her blog, SoSueMe, go from strength to strength.

And with over a million followers worldwide, the beauty and lifestyle fashionista recently decided to branch into the world of design cementing her reputation as a bonafide style icon.

Vogue Williams

Having first come to public prominence for her role in reality TV show Fade Street, Vogue's career has gone from strength to strength over the last seven years.

And while currently best known for her role in media, Vogue's modelling background means her flair for fashion always shines through.

 

From Snapchat heroes and inspiring Instagrammers to fearless Facebookers and tenacious Tweeters, this award is reserved for the star of Ireland's social media scene.

And let's be honest, we're positively falling over ourselves with the number of worthy recipients right now.

Having trawled through thousands of nominations, our panel of judges whittled it down to the following five.

Sooo, without further ado, here are the finalists for SHEmazing's Social Influencer of the Year Award.

James Kavanagh

A veritable Snapchat superstar, James Kavanagh made a name for himself by sharing hilarious snapshots of his day to day life with legions of fascinated followers.

Let's put it this way, even if you're not on Snapchat, you know who James Kavanagh is.

Grace Mongey

One of Ireland's best known bloggers, Grace's social media star went stratospheric when she made the decision to Snapchat the birth of her baby daughter last year.

While seeringly honest and hugely relatable, the Tallaght-native has faced criticism during her time on the social media scene, but always comes back fighting.

Cliona Kelly

A fashion, style and beauty blogger, Cliona Kelly is our third finalist for Social Influencer of the Year.

While studying fro her Masters in journalism back in 2013, Cliona decided to create a blog… and a social media star was born.

Joanne Larby

The face behind The Make Up Fairy, Joanne Larby divides her time between fitness, fashion and beauty, and seeks to motivate and inspire across all realms.

Having qualified as a professional make up artist, Joanne sought to share her thoughts and insights with an online community, and ultimately amassed a following that numbers in its thousands.

Sarah Hanrahan

Food, fashion and lifestyle is the name of Sarah Hanrahan's game, and with her blog I Come Undone, she shares an insight into the things which make her tick.

From flea markets to foodie events, Sarah explores Dublin with 'all the gusto of a first-time tourist' and boasts thousands of fascinated followers.

 

If there's one track guaranteed to get everyone up at a party in Ireland, it's Mark McCabe's Maniac 2000.

And while we've spent almost two decades throwing shapes to the original, who are we say it's not due a makeover?

Taking the track in hand, trad band, Ruaile Buaile, from Co Offaly, gave it the traditional treatment, and we're actually obsessed.

Shared on YouTube on Friday, the video has amassed almost 60,000 views, with fans of the lads' version wasting no time sharing their support.

"Huge tune, lads." wrote one while another added: "Well done lads! Brilliant!"

Stunned by the response, the lads took to Facebook to share their thoughts, writing: "We are currently trending on Youtube, and we cannot believe it."

"But most importantly, a huge, massive thank you to all of you for watching, you are all legends! Keep watching and keep sharing."

You heard 'em, ladies.

 

We were on the lookout for the most talented creative in Ireland right now, and we needed your help.

From writers, illustrators and musicians, to makeup and tattoo artists and beyond; we wanted to know whose star was burning brightest and whose creative streak has added more than a splash of colour to your landscape.

And you lot couldn't get your nominations in fast enough.

So without further ado, here are the five finalists for our Creative of the Year Award.

People, it's time to vote!

Emma Kenny

As a Fashion Illustrator, 2D Artist, Concept Artist & Game Developer, Emma Kenny has not only made a serious name for herself on Ireland's creative scene, but even grabbed Hollywood's attention when Kim Kardashian shared her illustrations on social media.

Lisa Jordan

With ten years experience in the beauty industry, Lisa Jordan branched out into the world of fashion, and hasn't looked back.

Boasting tens of thousands of loyal followers online, Lisa's eye for style and passion for fashion is undeniable.

Blaithin Ennis

Within a year of graduating from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Bláithín set up her own award winning and contemporary handmade jewellery label.

Based from her studio in the South east of Ireland, Bláithín creates truly stunning pieces which have taken the industry in this country by storm.

Mike Gibson

A self-taught artist, Mike Gibson's stunning depiction of numerous A-list stars has garnered him an enormous online following.

From Adele and Conor McGregor to Rihanna and Eminem, Mike's illustrations are nothing short of breathtaking.

Louise O’Neill

Once called the 'best YA fiction writer alive today' by The Guardian, Louise O'Neill's name is synonymous with talent, feminism, activism and creativity.

From Only Ever Yours to Asking For It, Louise's impact on the literary scene cannot be overestimated.

 

We’ll admit it, there are certain points in the day when small talk is just not on our agenda.

It’s tough enough with colleagues and acquaintances, but when a stranger takes it upon themselves to approach us during our daily commute, we don’t feel we should have to take responsibility for our actions.

Our earphones are in, our face is stuck in our phone and our body is angled away from everyone else, and yet certain people still see that as an invitation for a chinwag.

Heading them off at the pass, Emma Doran has created a fool-proof way of ensuring you’re left the hell alone while waiting on your next bus.

We’ll let the woman herself take it from here…

Social activist, sportsman, musician or simply sound AF, we asked you ladies to choose the guy who you think has provoked change, made a positive difference or lifted the nation’s spirits over the last 12 months. 

And woah, did you reply in your droves.

Over the course of the last month, thousands of votes poured in for our Man of the Year category, and without further ado, we give you your five finalists.

James Patrice

A native of Malahide, James Patrice has made serious waves across the social media scene over the last 12 months.

After initially starting off as a fashion blogger, James found his forte in the world of Snapchat, and has been entertaining the masses on the regular ever since.

Gavin James

Between his distinctive voice, soulful sound and chart-topping hits, Gavin James is one of the biggest names in the music industry right now.

Whether it's Nervous, Bitter Pill or his version of City of Stars, this singer/ songwriter just keeps knocking it out of the park.

Stephen James Smith

A veritable wordsmith, Stephen James Smith took the nation by storm in recent months with his poem My Ireland.

Reflecting on the various elements that help to comprise and define contemporary Ireland, Stephen tapped into the psyche of a nation and earned thousands of new fans in return.

Jack Reynor

Perhaps best known for his roles in What Richard Did, Sing Street and Free Fire, Jack Reynor's film career shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Talented, charming, and down-to-earth, it's no surprise Jack Reynor made it on your list.

Philly McMahon

Our fifth finalist comes in the form of Dublin GAA player Philly McMahon.

If you think the 29-year-old sport star deserves our coveted Man of the Year accolade, be sure to vote! 

 

 

Look, women are complex creatures.

In the space of one car journey, we can boomerang between moods, contemplate the meaning of life, and be utterly – albeit momentarily – distracted by the sighting of a small dog.

And we're not apologising for nothing or no one.

Tapping into the various elements that help to comprise the vast majority of our solo car journeys, Jen Hatton recreated a scene which we admit looks all too familiar.

Ringing any bells, ladies?

If you're one of the millions who still knows the lyrics to My Lovely Horse off by heart, you may need to sit down before reading on.

According to emerging reports, the people behind our beloved Fr Ted are not adverse to the notion of bringing Craggy Island, and the folk who populate it, to the big stage.

Speaking to the Sunday Business Post, the show's creator, Graham Linehan, acknowledged that the transition would have to facilitate a fairly whopper storyline.

"It would have to be about Ted becoming Pope, or some weird succession thing that means Ted’s next in line. It would have to be substantial and big," he argued.

"I think there is an argument you could make a Ted musical where you really go for the jugular and you get all the things people loved about it, all the innocence and all the sweetness, but introduce a harder edge."

Anyone else see Graham Norton reprising the role of Fr. Noel Furlong for this one?!

Festival season is almost here, and although many of us were left utterly devastated when tickets for this year’s Electric Picnic sold out before any of the acts had even been announced, there is still tonnes to choose from.

Groove festival, is returning to Kilruddery House, Bray, Co. Wicklow on August 19 and 20.

Now in its fifth year, this fully independent music festival will play host to over 25 acts across two stages over the weekend, with Primal Scream and UB40 set to headline.

Today the festival announced some huge additions to the line-up. 

Hudson Taylor, Hothouse Flowers will take to the Main Stage, while Daithí and John Smith will headline the Sony Xperia Stage.

Jerry Fish, Columbia Mills, Cry Before Dawn, Spring Break, Na Fianna, Ailbhe Reddy and many more will also perform across the weekend.

Early bird tickets are available until April 21 and are an absolute steal at €49.50 each.

You can find more information and buy your tickets here

When it comes to Ireland’s biggest and brightest, you guys know better than anyone who’s making serious strides in their chosen field.

And with nominations having poured in for the inaugural SHEmazing Awards over recent weeks, there is no doubt you are rightfully eager for your chosen nominees to get the recognition they deserve this May.

With that in mind, we knew our panels of judges needed to be incredibly shrewd and extra savvy when it came to our SHEmazing shortlist.

With their fingers on the pulse in terms of social activism, social influencers and the fitness, foodie and fashion worlds, our team of judges have wasted no time getting to grips with your nominees.

So, let’s meet them…

Carolyn Moore: Fashion & Lifestyle journalist for The Irish Examiner

With over a decade in the fashion industry, Carolyn now works as a freelance editor, writer and stylist in addition to lecturing in fashion trends and design development.

Tara O Farrell: Makeup Artist

With experience on both sides of the camera as both a model and a makeup artist, Tara now focuses on make-up artistry for commercials, film & TV, fashion shoots and fashion shows.

Niamh Cullen: Fitness and Lifestyle blogger
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The face of Behind The Braids, Niamh's thousands of loyal followers regularly delight in her forays into the worlds of fashion and fitness.

 Doireann Ann Garrihy: Spin 1038 Entertainment Reporter & Snapchat Superstar

Whether she's updating the nation via the airwaves or entertaining the masses on Snapchat, Doireann's sense of humour, nose for a story and knack for impressions are second to none.

Emma O'Farrell: Founder EOF Media and BloggerConf
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A graduate of NUI Maynooth, Emma set up her own digital business in 2014, and divides her time between freelance presenting, video production and event management.

Holly Carpenter: Model & Fitness, Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger

A former Miss Ireland, Holly is now one of her generation's leading bloggers in the world of fashion and fitness.

Chef Adrian: Celebrity Chef and author

With a passion for food, Chef Adrian trained in some of Ireland's most renowned restaurants, regularly appears on TV3's the Six O Clock Show, and has written Fake Away – your guide on creating fast foods using easily accessible and healthy ingredients.

Michelle Regazzoli-Stone: Make Up Artist

With over eleven years experience in the industry, Michelle Regazzoli-Stone is one of the most well established make-up artists in Ireland. She specialises in bespoke bridal and media make-up artistry, and regularly sees her work featured in various publications and magazines.

Ellen Kavanagh Jones: CEO and Creator of Waxperts

Owner of the award-winning Waxperts Wax, Ellen has established herself as one of Ireland's most recognisable names in the world of business and beauty.

Elva Carri and Aine Mulloy: Co-founders of GirlCrew

​​​​​​GirlCrew is a global network for women to make new friends, and has more than 80,000 members in 46 locations around the world, including Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston in Texas.

Gillian O'Brien: Consumer Channel Manager for HP 

As the Consumer Channel Manager for HP, Gillian is involved in creating new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society.

 

 

If you’ve got your hands on a ticket for this year’s Slane Castle, consider yourself very lucky.

80,000 tickets sold out last December after Guns n’ Roses were announced as this year’s headline act, and today the full line-up is finally here.

Royal Blood, Mark Lanegan and  Otherkin will join the 80s rockers at the legendary Co. Meath venue on May 27.

And of course, Twitter is pretty happy with the latest additions.

 

 

 

We'll be honest, we feel some serious FOMO coming on.

But if you just so happen to have a spare €250 lying around, there are a limited number of VIP tickets still available! 

There are few things more harrowing than the morning after the night before when work looms large on the horizon and you genuinely don't know if you're capable of human interaction such is the extent of your hangover.

With a dry mouth, a pounding head and a healthy dose of The Fear, you attempt to go about your daily routine, and – we'll be honest here –  you fail miserably.

While cleaning your teeth and brushing your hair wouldn't reduce you to tears on a standard morning, it's enough to leave you a trembling mess after one too many gins and the discovery of a rogue chicken nugget in your bed.

Hats off to Jen Hatton who perfectly illustrated what it's like to start your day the hungover way.