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Yas, queen. 

Dublin's annual Pride parade is on Saturday 30th of June and we cannot wait. Glitter: check. Flags: check. Unconditional love and support for our LGBTQ+ family and friends: double check. 

We're all about the festivities of Pride week, but do you reckon that you and your friends deserve a spot at the front and centre of the parade?  

Well, Dublin Bus has the Proudest Bus in Dublin! To honour Pride week Dublin Bus have unveiled not one, but two, Pride buses decked out in the Pride colours. 

Now they're offering you, their lovely customers, the chance for you and three friends to win spaces on the rainbow bus. All you have to do is go to the Dublin Bus Facebook or Twitter pages (@dublinbusnews) and tag three people you want to bring with you; it’s as simple as that!

They're so sound. 

"We all know our families and friends love us unconditionally, supporting us through thick and thin, whether it’s a quiet word, a wink or an arm around the shoulder," said a spokesperson for Dublin Bus. 

"This year Dublin Bus wants to celebrate these proud families and friends across Dublin and their LGBTQ siblings, parents, partners and pals by giving them a special experience at the top of the Dublin Pride Parade."

The parade this year will be led by  Grand Marshal Sara Phillips, Chair of Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), Taoiseach Leo Varadkar along with Lord Mayor Mícheál MacDonncha and is expected to draw crowds of up to 30,000 people. 

This isn't the first time Dublin Bus has shown it's support to the LGBTQ+ community. It made headlines last year by launching comprehensive Workplace Gender Transition Policy and Guidelines. The policy shows employees and management of Dublin Bus how to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for employees transitioning.

Comprised in consolation with TENI, Phillips praised the move,calling it “one of the most progressive policies on transgender inclusion in the workplace.”

Dublin Bus has also been named one of the most progressive for inclusivity and supporting diversity among its workforce and was previously named a GLEN (Gay & Lesbian Equality Network) Diversity Champion.

So what are you waiting for? Get your Pride on with thanks to Dublin Bus! 


The 2018 edition of Taste of Dublin will start in less than a week and after discovering the tempting menus, we have one more reason to get excited about the deadly food and drink event. 

For the first time ever, the World Class Bartender of the Year Competition will be taking place in front of a live audience at Taste of Dublin 2018. This global competition brings together the best bars, the most talented bartenders and the most outstanding spirits from around the world.

You will be able to witness Ireland’s top three finalists, Barney O’Kane from One Goose Entry in Belfast, Alan Petrovic of Urchin in Dublin, and Carl D’Alton of Cask in Cork, as they go head to head in a series of challenges throughout the weekend at in Dublin's Iveagh Gardens.

You can get to know our finalists and see what inspires them in their everyday lives in this short video:

These industry pioneers will be tested on all aspects of the craft of bartending, where they'll be asked to demonstrate their skill, passion, innovation, creativity and ambition in a series of live challenges and masterclasses, culminating in the ultimate showdown on Sunday, 17th June.

The crowned winner on the night will have the honour to represent Ireland at the World Class Global Finals in Berlin this coming October.

For more information on World Class, the masterclass schedule, and to purchase tickets, go to www.tasteofdublin.ie


Ever dreamed of getting a slice of the Love Island action? Well now you can! Just Eat wants to deliver you to Love Island itself, with the chance for one lucky Just Eat customer to win a week’s luxury holiday for two to the beautiful island of Majorca. 

From the 1st to the 30th June, simply order online for collection or delivery, and you’ll be in with a chance to win this fabulous getaway. Each time you order you’re in with another chance!

A taste of what the Love Island contestants experience could be yours as you relax in the sun on the stunning Northern coast of Majorca, the heart and soul of the island, dotted with picturesque towns and stunning white sand beaches. Chill out with tapas and a glass of sangria, and as the sun goes down perhaps things will heat up and romance will be on the menu as well.

Edel Kinane, Marketing Director, Just Eat commented: “We can’t wait for Love Island return to our screens and are very excited that Just Eat is sponsoring the show.  As Love Island fanatics ourselves, we thought it would be fantastic to send two lucky customers to Love Island itself and let them enjoy a luxury holiday in Majorca! Just Eat has wonderful loyal customers and we look forward to rewarding the winning Love Island-er!”

Prize includes one week’s holiday for two people to Majorca, including economy return flights from Dublin to Majorca, seven nights bed & breakfast in a luxury hotel and airport transfers to and from the accommodation.

What more could you want? 


Hello, my queens. 

So unless you've been living under a rock with no Internet you'll have heard of RuPaul's Drag Race. 


No? Well sit down sista cause I'm about to teach you a thing about the fiercest, bitchiest, most fabulous reality show to ever grace our screens. 

Now in it's tenth season and the winner of multiple awards, RuPaul's Drag Race is well worth your time. 

So let's start with the basics. What is a drag queen? It's not just hairy men in tights prancing at your local panto, it's far, FAR more complicated than that. 


When in drag, the queens are always referred to a 'she/her' in the work room or when they're out of drag it is also mainly 'she/her' but some of the older drag queens can revert to masculine pronouns. 

Each season begins with a cohort of new queens vying for the crown and the $100,00 prize money. Most episodes start with RuPaul in boy drag appearing in the work room (where the drama happens) and setting a mini-challenge. Winner of the mini-challenge is then granted some kind of advantage in the maxi challenge. Challenges range from designing show-stopping outfits, to musical performances, to impersonations and making over members of the public. 


The bottom queens then lipsync for their survival. RuPaul then decides who stays and who will "Sashay Away." 

Between all of this is plenty of drama, bitching, confessions, back-stabbing, meltdowns, wardrobe malfunctions and sabotaging- it's brilliant. 

Drag queens themselves can be loosely divided into seven categories, because the whole point of drag is breaking down boundaries, honey. 

Pageant queens– these are the girls have compete in drag beauty competitions and pageants. Think flawless make-up, big hair *cough* Alyssa Edwards *cough* and even bigger personalities. 


Horror queens– the antithesis of the pageant queens, horror queens, like Sharon Needles, delight in gender-bending, gothic shock- literally, Sharon Needles once spewed blood on the catwalk 


Comedy queens– sure to be quick with the sassy comebacks, comedy queens like Bianca Del Rio and Ben De La Créme have their characters down and are a force to reckoned with 


Fishy queens– these are the queens that are gorgeous- like pass for a supermodel gorgeous. If you ever want to question your own looks, check out Shangela and Naomi Smalls- pure stunners. 


 Alternative/Haut couture queens– These are queens that really don't want to be put in a box. They delight in all things odd, mixing high fashion with cardboard with all kinds of crazy stuff. 


Impersonators– literally what is says on the tin. Check out Derrick Barry- the Las Vegas Brittney Spears impersonator or early Chad Michaels when she was impersonating Cher.


Okay got it? There's a lot of different drag out there. So why are they all racing for this RuPaul?

Mamma Ru is basically drag goals and a nod from her can get your drag career set up. She was a trail-blazing queen in the 1990's. Her first major breakthrough was in 1989 with in the B-52's music video to Love Shack. She went on to have her own successful music and modelling career, becoming the first drag queen to be sign to Mac and posing with the likes of Naomi Campbell. 

Building a steady LGBTQ fan base, she started hosting Drag Race in 2008, slowly becoming more and more popular, exploding in recent years with two Emmy awards. 


Yas, queen. 

Ready to dip your toe in drag waters? First you're going to need a basic dictionary of drag-speak. Don't worry, we'll happily provide ( in no particular order). 

Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent: The four key elements of any good drag performance (find the hidden message for extra points). 

Hunty: the drag alternative to 'frenemies' 

Reading: to slag another queen off, usually as part of an act

Throwing Shade: also means slagging off, but with bitchier undertones 


Paint: make-up 

Tuck: the process of, ahem, arranging the man parts to look like lady parts

Fish: a drag queen that could pass for a woman, relates to the presence of a vay-jay and the accompanying… ehhhh…. aromas 

Slay: to werk it 

Werk: to slay it (obviously) 

Death drop: often seen during lipsyncs, it's jumping up in the air and landing in the splits or dramatically dropping to the floor 


So what are you waiting for? RuPaul's Drag Race is now available on Netflix. 

Now, sashay away. 




Fancy yourself as a bit of an entertainer? Or maybe you have a hidden talent you think could rival some of the biggest names in the business?

Well, if so, The Late Late Toy Show wants to hear from you.

Today, the iconic RTÉ show is putting two of the most desirable tickets in Ireland up for grabs with a competition to find the country’s most talented audience members.

All you need to do to be in with a chance of getting your hands on two golden tickets to this year’s Late Late Toy Show, airing on Friday, December 1, is make a video of you doing whatever it is you do best.

Then post it to the RTÉ One or Late Late Facebook pages OR post it to Instagram or Twitter with #ToyShowTalent. It’s that simple.

And ladies, if it’s good enough, that talent could bag you two tickets to the biggest night on Irish television.

Commenting on the competition Ryan Tubridy said: “We’ve seen the kids, they’re great but we haven’t seen you."

"You old people in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 900s, we need you to send us footage of you with your Toy Show Talent. Anything you do: blow a trumpet, bang a drum, tell a joke, as long as it is half way decent Get busy, get goofy and good luck!”

With more than 140,000 applications received for Late Late Toy Show tickets this year, the #ToyShowTalent competition may be your best shot at making sure you’re there on the big night.

The usual terms and conditions apply and audience members must be 18 or over to attend on the night.



Airbnb is well known for its quirky residential offerings, but this Halloween the famed homestay network is running one seriously scary competition.

The site has announced that a stay at Bran Castle in Romania – aka Dracula’s Castle – will be up for grabs for the night of October 31.

Two brave individuals will be able to call the misty mountain-top manor home thanks to host Dacre Stoker – that’s Bram Stoker’s great grandnephew – who will guide his guests through “lamp-lit corridors, creepy nooks, and squeaky staircases”.

The medieval fortress boasts 57 rooms, tower lookouts and “deep dark crypts” which can be explored before the sun sets.

Once darkness falls, Transylvanian castle-life hits peak creepiness with “unexpected guests” appearing, a “blood-enriching” Dracula inspired meal being served, and beds being offered in the form of velvet-trimmed coffins in the Count’s crypt.

To enter the competition, thrill-seekers are asked to show their “vampiric wit” in response to the following question: “What would you say to the Count if you were to come face-to-fang with him in his own castle?”

The winners will be flown to Transylvania courtesy of Airbnb and will stay at the castle free of charge.

Enter if you dare

Images: Airbnb


It's no secret that around SHEmazing! Towers we're massive, big, HUGE fans of all things pizza.

Which is why we like to consume it in its many guises as often as possible. 

We also like when science backs-up our dietary preferences with gems such as "pizza makes you more productive," – a research finding we frankly couldn't agree more with. 

But while pizza gives us many things in life, sadly it rarely offers us the likes of free trips to Italy (but then neither does, say, celery – and pizza is definitely a lot more fun).

That could ALL change tomorrow, however.

Yes – upon spotting snaps of Dublin hottie Holly Carpenter sprawled on a couch tucking into a cheesy and pepperoni delight (a woman after our own hearts, evidently) – a spot of investigation unearthed a competition we will most certainly be part-taking in. 

In short, Dr. Oetker is holding a rather delicious Great Italian Lock-In.

In a statement, Dr. Oetker says that it wants you to: "Lock the door and unlock the fresh pizzeria taste at home by popping a Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizza in the oven, 12 minutes later, say 'Bellissimo' and share a photo of you enjoying your Ristorante on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #GreatItalianLockIn and you could be jetting off to Italy!" 

In a statement, we say: "HURRAH for pizza!"

We scoured the small print and furthermore discovered that entries will be open all next week via #GreatItalianLockIn hashtag – meaning if you're not in a particularly pizza place tomorrow (what's wrong with you?) you can submit your entry at your leisure. 


More info is available from the Dr. Oetker Facebook page and website.



If you love Elvis, then this artist is right up your alley.

He is the only person from outside America to be crowned the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, and this week, he's coming to Ireland. 

Since his win, Ben has appeared on top US TV shows, including The Letterman Show, and has headlined concerts all over the world.

We all know there was only one Elvis, but seeing Ben Portsmouth live in concert is pretty close to experiencing the real thing.

If this sounds like the show for you, we have a family pass (4 tickets) up for grabs to attend the opening night of Ben Portsmouth Taking Care of Elvis in the Olympia Theatre this Thursday night.

But, you need to be in it to win it, so just head over to our Facebook or Instagram page to enter. Good luck, ladies!

For more information on Ben check out this website. He is performing in the Olympia this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. 



**Competition Closed**

Winner: Rhoda McDonald

Christmas is the time of giving, but we never say no to a little self-gifting either.

Treat yourself without the guilt with this week's gorgeous prize – a Stella & Dot Icon Convertible Watch worth €148.

And because we love you THAT much, we're also giving you a second interchangeable double wrap strap worth €39.

Fancy being in with a chance? Head over to Facebook or Instagram to enter.

Good luck!


**Competition Closed**

Winner: Emma Whelan

Christmas shopping is a risky business – especially if you can't resist a bit of self-gifting every now and then. 

Before you know it, you have three shopping bags full of Christmas party outfits you just HAD to have, while your present lists remains woefully neglected.

Well, we've come to your rescue with a pretty incredible competition this week – a massive €100 Penneys Gift Card to spend on whatever – and whomever – you please.

You can enter NOW via Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to follow us on both platforms for updates!

We'll announce the winner on Friday December 11.

Good luck, fashionistas! 


Could you survive without your phone, iPad and laptop for one day?

The folks at Digital Detox Ireland know it's no easy feat to go device-free, so they've made things a little easier.

As part of their third Digital Detox Retreat, 'Switch Off Saturday,' they'll be offering up yoga sessions, delicious homemade meals, storytelling and more in exchange for handing over your phone for the day.

The retreat takes place on Saturday December 5 in the beautiful surroundings of Dunderry Park in Co. Meath, a restored Georgian estate on 10 hectares of land.

Tickets usually start at €75 per person but we're giving one lucky SHEmazing! reader the chance to win TWO passes to the retreat.

To enter, head to Instagram – and get an extra entry via Facebook.

For more information, check out digitaldetox.info, email hello@spiritoffolk.com or call 0469074455.


**Competition Closed**

Winner: Shauna McGrath

The Christmas party season is fast approaching, which means it's high time you updated your make-up bag with some festive sparkle and colour.

We've got you covered this Christmas with a selection of gorgeous limited edition Essence Cosmetics Merry Berry products which we're giving away to one lucky SHEmazing! reader.

There's the highly pigmented Merry Berry Eyeshadows, the berry pink and bright red Merry Berry Lipsticks, and of course the shimmering Merry Berry Highlighter Powder – perfect for brushing over cheekbones and collarbones.

Enter by signing up here – and be in with an incredible SECOND chance of winning on our Facebook page. Hurrah!

Good luck, beauty buffs.

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