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Cyber-bullying can have a devastating impact on mental health, especially when it comes to young people.

Nowadays, children are exposed to the internet at a much younger age, making technology an integral part of their life.

Tabú, an Irish documentary series, aims to explore the negative effects of the online world in their latest episode.

In its episode this week, the TG4 series will discuss ‘online shaming’ and how it has changed people’s lives across the country.

Náire online influencer, blogger and presenter Ciara Ní É explores the sensitive and traumatic stories of those who have been victims of online abuse and extortion and how it has affected them.

Broadcaster Stefanie Preissner and presenter Ciara Ní É

She will interview several victims of cyber-bulling including:

  • Mary O’Donnell, a beautician from Tralee that appeared on The Today Show. A video of the clip went viral and received over a million views online after she had a mishap on live television while applying eyeliner to a model.

  • Peter Hynes, a dairy farmer from Aherla in Cork that won Farmer of the Year. He and his wife Paula joined Twitter and soon afterwards they started to receive a torrent of abuse from online vegan shamers.

  • Dubliner Jackie Fox shares her heart-breaking story of her daughter, Nicole, who was the victim of online bullying. In January of this year, Nicole took her own life. Now Jackie is campaigning to bring in “Coco’s Law” and make harassment online an offense.

  • A range of male and female victims who have suffered from sextortion, online bullying and shaming.

Mental health expert Carl O'Reilly with presenter Ciara Ní É

Viewers will also hear expert opinions from writer and broadcaster Stefanie Preissner, Detective Superintendent of Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau Michael Gubbins, and cyber-psychologists.

The episode airs on Wednesday, December 12 at 9.30pm on TG4, so make sure to tune in!

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Be honest; Coláiste Lurgan has probably done more for your appreciation of the Irish language in recent years than you ever thought possible.

With their uber-enthusiastic versions of the summer's biggest hits, the students of the nation's most famous Gaeltacht have most of us longing to join them… even if we are about a decade too old.

And that's why we'll be glued to our screens the moment their reality TV show hits this winter.

The series, which will air on TG4 in December, will follow the nation's youngsters as they enrol in the three-week course in Co Galway.

Explaining the behind-the-scenes process when it comes to choosing their summer stompers, Stiofán Ó Fearaíl, from the Colaiste Lurgan Music Department, said that it was a relatively informal process.

"We bring in a load of people and we have everyone singing along and we just know when the people stand out to us. We see if they’re interested."

“We usually hear it from the múinteoirí that ‘this guy here wants to do something,’ it’s an informal process more than anything else,” he added.

Anyone else only dying to tune in?

 

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There ain't no party like a Daniel O'Donnell party, right? 

Well, TG4 seem to think so as they are saying goodbye to 2015 in a New Year's Eve special show, and Daniel is the host.

The show which will air at 10.45pm on December 31, will see Daniel celebrate with a wide range of Irish stars including legendary singer, Brendan Shine. 

Mr O'Donnell will take to the stage to sing with Brendan in front of a live audience in Newry Town Hall. Daniel will also sing some of his well known songs on the special show.

Also joining the lads is traditional singer Treasa Ní Cheannabháin. So it's set to be a good one!

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Over the last few days the folks at TG4 managed to stir up some controversy when they tweeted an interesting ad for ladies football.

The image is one of a female GAA player holding a football to her body that makes it appear that she is pregnant.

In the two days since it was first posted by the TG4 account there has been a massive response on Twitter and divided opinion on the endorsement of the upcoming game.

The text accompanying the image reads: “The most important nine months of a woman’s life.”

The ad has made its way in front of the public and has not been removed from the account despite the controversy surrounding it.

Many people online are unimpressed with how the ad represents the sport. Some are calling it “disgraceful” while others are not happy with women being reduced to “baby making machines”.

Speaking to TodayFM spokesperson for the Ladies Gaelic Football Association Derek Kinnevey said that the ad was never supposed to be released as it had been rejected in 2009. However they are looking at the publicity it has generated in a positive light. The hope is that the ad will “translate into focus on the field”.

According to Derek, the poster was "never meant to be seen by the public," though he added that "there’s no point in hiding from it now. It has generated a huge amount of discussion around ladies’ football and womens’ sports.”

The DailyEdge.ie reports that “this particular image was one of the ones that didn’t make the cut,” while the Ladies Gaelic Football Association also added they have a good relationship with TG4.

Many online commentators have noted how the ad has certainly generated conversation surrounding women’s sports but by drawing attention to motherhood they are reinforcing gender stereotypes.

As of yet TG4 have not commented on the ad’s appearance on social media or the debate surrounding the image online. 

Dublin player Sinéad Finnegan is one of those in support of the ad and has retweeted the ad on her own account. 

 What do you think of the ad? Should it be removed?

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