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It's been an interesting year – from Brexit to Trump and numerous terrorist atrocities, globally we face increasing uncertainty.

But it hasn't all been bad news. In fact, we've crowned eight celebrities our 'heroines of the year' for being shining lights in a lot of darkness…


Michelle Obama, 52:

From speeches that captivated the world to her head-turning fashion, the First Lady will be sorely missed from the White House. No wonder there's already a campaign underway to have her run for US president in 2020.

The Duchess Of Cambridge, 34:

Sure she's privileged, but being married to a royal means a life in the harshest of spotlights. Arguably the world's most photographed – and thus, critiqued – woman, we applaud Kate for just getting on with it. She has evidently embraced being a mum too: far from being royal brats, George and Charlotte are impeccably behaved in public. 

Annalise Murphy, 26:

The Rathfarnham sailor nabbed a silver medal for Ireland at the Olympics – but in the two years prior to that incredible achievement she struggled to perform at her best. She finished a frustrating fourth in London 2012 and in the aftermath her confidence took a knock. For getting back in the saddle and not giving up, we salute you, Annalise.

Iskra Lawrence, 26:

A plus-sized model with A LOT to say on the fashion industry, Iskra is also an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association in the UK. And a time when a lot of social media stars feel compelled to edit their posts, we (and her 3m followers) love that Ms Lawrence refuses to do so.

Hillary Clinton, 69:

Agree or disagree with her policies – there's no doubt that she's broken down a lot of boundaries for women in politics, still very much an industry where women struggle to be heard. That and her concession speech was nothing short of inspirational. 

Alicia Keys, 35:

We love her for her no-nonsense attitude; during the summer she announced in a letter that she had reconsidered her approach to cosmetics. Since then, she's turned up at a load of high-profile events and appearances entirely fresh-faced and makeup free. 

Saoirse Ronan, 22:

Being nominated for an Oscar aged 13 would set a lot of actors up for tabloid-infused, wild-child future. Not so Saoirse – who earlier this year nabbed her second Oscar nomination for Brooklyn. Still just 22, she continues to change the way Hollywood considers young female actors. 

Winnie Harlow, 22:

Winnie hasn't allowed her vitiligo to dampen her dreams. Indeed, the Canadian model is now one of the industry's most recognisable faces. She's also a valuable contributor to discussion on the self-esteems issues young people today face.  




Honey G has encountered her fair share of criticism since rapping her way onto our screens this summer.

And while the aspiring star may have expected pushback from the viewing public, she probably didn't expect to hear herself compared to Brexit… by an actual member of the X Factor team.

While chatting to The Express at the ITV Gala event last night, Matt Edmondson, host of The Xtra Factor, reflected on how far Honey G had come in the process.

And it sounds like he's as baffled as the rest of us.

Trying to sound as diplomatic as possible, Matt said: "It would be an amazing thing for her and a huge deal for the show as we've never had a rapper win."

"In a way, you've got to go with what the public say, but then we said that about Brexit and Trump." Matt added.

Yep that's right, Honey G has just been compared to the two of the biggest controversies of the year.

"I don't think she regards herself as a novelty act, but instead offering something different." Matt reasoned.

Nope Matt, too late now, You've said it.



"Post-truth" has been named as Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year.

The word saw a major spike in use in the wake of the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's presidential bid.

The adjective describes circumstances, usually political, where emotions win over facts and structured reason. 

The word soared in use by around 2,000% since last year, the Oxford Dictionary said.

According to the BBC, Oxford Dictionaries' Casper Grathwohl said post-truth could become "one of the defining words of our time".

The word is a far cry from the 2015 word of the year, which was the laughing face emoji.

How times have changed. 

"Post-truth" beat out words such as "adulting", "Brexiteer" and "woke" to claim the top spot. 

Danish word "hygge", was also a front runner, which describes a distinct Danish cosiness and contentment.

Collins Dictionary named "Brexit" as it's word of the year, with "mic drop", "snowflake generation" and "JOMO" (the joy of missing out) making special appearances. 



After learning that a Chanel bag is a more solid investment than a house, our fashion focused daydreams became that bit more luxurious.

And while it is obvious that designer goods will never come cheap, it seems there is no better place to splurge than on the other side of the Irish Sea.

Thanks to Brexit, the pound has fallen to a six year low against the euro which means the UK has some major deals to offer Irish fashion fans.

According to new research from Deloitte, designer goods now cost less in London – when compared in dollars – than anywhere in the world.

Earlier this month, a Speedy 30 Louis Vuitton handbag cost £645 ($802) in London, €760 ($850) in Paris and $970 in New York.

As reported by the BBC, China was the most expensive place to make the purchase, with the same piece costing 7,450 yuan or $1,115.

The argument for a shopping spree is quickly gaining pace.

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If you’ve ever witnessed a bad breakup, you’ll know that the weeks following a split can be a tad self-indulgent and always require the assistance of Ben & Jerry.

But as weeks turn into months, something incredible happens.

New dresses are bought, hair gets did, and slowly but surely the breakupee begins to show the breakuper exactly what they’re missing.

Well, that’s kind of the situation with Britain and Europe right now, as in the aftermath of Brexit the EU could be about to offer its young citizens one very big advantage over their British counterparts.

MEP’s have proposed giving EU citizens free InterRail tickets for their 18th birthdays in a bid to reignite enthusiasm for Europe.

But since Britain has voted itself out of the union, its teenagers will not be receiving the coveted passes which allow people under 26 to travel across the continent by train.

While it’s still very early days, the FreeInterrail campaign has been greeted with much enthusiasm by European parliament members and, of course, by the teens who could benefit from the initiative.

Did we mention we love Europe?

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With debate surrounding the result of the Brexit referendum continuing to rage, more than a few of us are starting to pull at our collars as we're forced to admit that we haven't quite gotten our heads around the implications of the whole thing.

And while recent reports have bombarded us with endless information pertaining to the UK and the EU's relationship not to mention Ireland's role in the whole thing, some of us still need a little help understanding what the future holds.

Oh, and just when you thought you had it nailed, Boris Johnson had to go and throw another spanner in the works by pulling out of the race for Prime Minister leaving many of us totally flummoxed by political events over the last seven days.

If you have to remind yourself who's who and what's what when it come to European politics, you're not alone and the good folk behind comedy act, Foil Arms and Hog, NEED you to know this.

Take it away, lads.



It's the first week since the controversial Brexit vote was passed in the United Kingdom, and we are slowly starting to see results in our everyday life. 

Ireland has seen a MAJOR surge in applications for passports this week from British citizens, with 1 in 4 claiming Irish heritage.

And it would seem that many Britons are desperate to maintain a link with the European Union. 


Our Foreign Affairs Minister, Charlie Flanagan, has had to intervene, pleading with desperate Britons to hold off with passport applications unless it is urgent.

According to reports, increased interest is putting a major strain on our passport services department. 


'The increased interest clearly points to a sense of concern among some UK passport holders that the rights they enjoy as EU citizens are about to abruptly end.' said Mr. Flanagan.

The Minister went on to explain that the freedom of movement act would still be in tact until discussions take place regarding the terms of Brexit.

This all comes as post offices in Northern Ireland ran out of Irish passport application forms.

It has been explained to those wanted to claim Irish citizenship that if one of your parents was born in Ireland, you are eligible. 

However, some people are going to mind-blowing lengths to maintain EU citizenship.

The government in Malta has been selling passports to wealthy Brits for up to €650,000. Applicants to this scheme are also required to buy property and invest in government bonds. 

Cyprus are offering a similar scheme, which would set you back a cool €5million.

It was confirmed that Britain had voted to leave the EU last Friday.

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Friday’s EU referendum results had everyone in a tizzy but no one was more panicked than ASOS shoppers to discover that Brexit had sent their beloved store into shutdown.

Thankfully all is once again right with the world as ASOS have taken to their social media accounts to apologise for the crash and offer a lovely 10% off to all its patient customers.

To avail of the 24 hour discount – which can be applied to anything on the site – simply enter the code ‘BIGTHANKS10’ at the checkout.

10% off everything?  ASOS you are forgiven!