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Braces, X-rays, extractions and countless consultations; Rebecca Heasley has certainly endured more than her fair share of invasive medical procedures over the last decade.

In fact, she’s now recovering from double jaw surgery – a gruelling procedure which, in January, took some eight hours to complete.

“An orthodontist in Loughlinstown recognised that something wasn’t quite right,” the now 20-year-old explains chatting to SHEmazing. “So I was referred to Gerry Kearns in St James’s Hospital.”

At the time she was aged just 12 – shortly afterwards she was diagnosed with ICR: idiopathic condylar resorption, a poorly understood condition which can result in a misshapen jaw, significant pain and difficulty when eating and breathing.

It is particularly common among teenage girls, though doctors can still only speculate as to why that is.

“The first two weeks were the roughest,” the Co Wicklow native reflects today of her on-going recovery. “I was in a lot of discomfort and I just thought ‘oh, what have I done!’

“But once I got through those initial few days, I started to feel better. The swelling began to go down too and I could see how successful the operation had been.”

During surgery bone was taken from Rebecca’s hip and then inserted into her lower jaw to bring it forward by a full 2cm. Her top jaw was also broken and realigned.

Now, she’s still grappling with a largely liquid diet, something which she’s been documenting on her Instagram page.

“In total I maybe had a single bowl of cereal the week after surgery, but now I can have things like scrambled eggs, overcooked pasta and mashed potato.”


••Week 2 •• End of Week 2 post Double Jaw Operation: Chipmunk look has calmed slightly There's still swelling around my cheeks, lips, chin and jaw line. My lower lip has some sensation back but my chin is still completely numb. Aul' hip is healing well, stitches completely dissolved now. Pain wise, there's not much, a lot less than I expected anyway! I get these short spasm around my lower lip and chin every few hours, which is the muscles acting the maggot and the anesthetic wearing off! I've 7 sets of strong elastic bands holding my jaws closed, so still on a liquid diet, for the next 2-3 weeks.. All I want is a solid chicken sandwich.. Maybe a few cheese burgers and some sweet potato fries but my day will come. #progress #bitbybit #doublejawoperation #recovery #gimmeaburger #week2 #slowlybutsurely

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She’s since returned to her studies at UCD – Spanish and linguistics – and is now getting ready to sit her second year exams.

The eldest sibling in a family of three boys and three girls, Rebecca will also travel to Chile this summer to spend a year abroad in a Spanish-speaking university.

“My surgeon told me to take a full month off,” she says, “but I needed to keep up my college work and make sure I pass my exams so I can go to South America – meaning I was back within two weeks.

“At first, my hip caused me a good bit of pain, but once I could walk again I felt I could also attend lectures.”

Reflecting back on her teenage years, thankfully Rebecca reckons she’s managed to shoulder ICR pretty well. “I’ve actually always been quite outgoing.

“Of course I was self-conscious that I had a very weak jaw-line, and at times I struggled with my breathing, but I tried not to let it get me down too much.”

She's also found inspiration via the well-known blogger Leanne Woodfull – who had a similar operation also with Mr Kearns three years ago, and who documented her experiences via a popular vlog. Now Rebecca is hoping that she can help others in the same way.

“I've already gotten messages from people asking about it all, what the recovery is like and if I would recommend the surgery,” she says.

Indeed, she’s now in the process of putting together her own video.

“It will contain hospital pictures and I'll talk more in depth about the experience,” Rebecca reveals, concluding: “I love being able to help raise awareness of ICR – even if that’s simply offering a bit of reassurance or just providing a couple helpful tips for recovery.”


Thousands and thousands of Irish people around the globe are marking the 1916 rising centenary in their own special way – but this Wicklow brewery decided to get creative.

Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company has just released their latest in its IPA series – Children of the Revolution.

Children of the Revolution is brewed with cascade, simcoe, columbus and amarillo hops that combine to give the IPA a citrus flavour with grapefruit, pine and passion fruit tones.

Speaking about the release, Simon Lynch, co-founder of the Irish brewery told The Mirror:  “We wanted to mark, in our own way, the bravery and vision of our country men and women who made possible the Ireland we live in today.

“Not only has Ireland seen significant cultural change in the form of religious tolerance, civil liberties and marriage equality but Ireland has also left a huge imprint on the world through its people, music and the arts.

"All of which came about as a result of those words read out on the steps of the GPO in 1916.”

You can nab this special brew in Molloy's, O'Brein's and other off-licenses around the country for €3.95. 


We’re currently oh-so in love with tresses that are shaped, styled, and seriously snazzy.

In fact, we’re going to go ahead and say it: there are few feelings better in this world than AMAZING hair.

Yes, that’s because whether your locks are cropped short, or flowing long, when it’s freshly washed, blow-dried, and trimmed just exactly how you like it, you feel you can take on pretty much anything.

What a pity then most folk have also had their fair share of salon disasters. You’re left alone, weeping into a battered, year-old magazine as your hair is assassinated: the colour is wrong; the layers far too choppy; the finish less than fabulous.

It’s no wonder then that women hold dear their favoured hair-dressers, refusing to share their secret with friends and family for fear they’ll never again get an appointment.

Well, at least SHEmazing! is happy to part with one particularly coveted tip for the top: namely Zero One in Greystones Co Wicklow.

It hasn’t been open long – but it’s already garnering a reputation for being one of the best in the business.

#01 beauty Chloe Boucher Make-Up with her Aveda colour and Gold Fever Hair Extensions applied by Edel. We have serious…

Posted by ZERO ONE on Saturday, 12 September 2015


For one thing, the Zero One Facebook page is overrun with incredible hair transformations – that and it has a team of talented stylists who are passionate about everything from a wash and blow-dry to a full set of hair extensions.

It does clip-ins too for those not wanting to take the plunge, and the colourists in situ (the salon uses the celebrated Aveda range) are nothing short of top-notch.

#01 beauty @orlacarmen looks stunning with her Aveda highlights and Gold Fever Hair Extensions extensions applied by #01…

Posted by ZERO ONE on Saturday, 5 September 2015


Top model Madeleine McQueen is a regular in Zero One, as is Ultimo founder Michelle Mone. Then there’s the host of beauty bloggers and industry insiders that are always stopping-by.

We particularly love the little added extras and luxuries that make you go “yes please!” Like a conditioning treatment and head massage for tenner, or an expert blowdry for €18 every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.


Students get ten percent off everything, and everyone gets five percent back via Zero One’s loyalty card scheme.

It has also just launched its brand-new, spruced-up website – zeroonesalon.ie – which boasts a loads of gorgeous, hairspiration snaps.

Alternatively, you can check out all those all those on fleek hair transformations on its Facebook page.



Ho, ho, ho! Dublin just got a WHOLE load more festive with the arrival of the giant I BELIEVE Christmas tree in the capital's city centre.

Donated by Coillte, the fir was cut down in Wicklow earlier today before being transported to the Custom House Quarter.

There it will be given pride of place for the month-long duration of the I BELIEVE festival.

Officially kicking off in just nine days' time, the event will focus around food, gifts and seasonal joy; it will run right up until December 23 too.

And although dwarfed by the famed 38metre Rockefeller tree in New York City, we reckon Ireland's own version will still look pretty special against the city's backdrop.

In true Holidays Are Comin’ style, the organisers have also been busily posting some very exciting snaps to their Twitter account – all, no doubt, to get us in the mood for yuletide treats and fun (let's just say it's worked too).

Set in a "chalet style village" (including an après ski bar), the I BELIEVE market has charity at its roots: the likes of the Temple Street Foundation, Simon Communities Ireland, Childline, Barretstown, and the St Vincent de Paul will all benefit from the event.

Meanwhile, the impressive tree will be lit at the inaugural Annual Tree Lighting ceremony on Thursday November 26 – something which will be free and open to the public.

Santa will be appearing (natch) in the run up to the big day, and visitors can even buy their Christmas trees from a dedicated market at the Point Village.

You can find out more here, while make sure to watch the festive fir being cut down below:



Now going into its third year Groove Festival at Kilruddery House in Co. Wicklow is not one to be missed. Previous acts at the festival include UB40, Imelda May and David Gray.

So yup, they’ve definitely got all the music genres covered.

And this year the final line-up includes Christy Moore, Wallis Bird, and The Darkness as well as The Riptide Movement and local Wicklow group Wyvern Lingo, meaning the family-friendly weekend has plenty for every kind of music lover.

The main stage isn’t just where all the big acts will be either. The backdrop has two scenic features in the Wicklow Mountains and Kilruddery House itself. Perfect for that enviable cover photo to prove you’ve gone to at least one cool festival this year.

It’s not just music that the event has on offer. They’ve got plenty more activities planned to keep the crowds entertained. Outdoor Discovery are going to be providing attendees with a choice of Aqua Sphering, a climbing wall and a driving simulator.

If you fancy keeping your feet dry, skip the floating plastic zorbs and head over to the Safe Archery area for a bit of a challenge.

Camping at festivals generally isn’t the most glamorous activity but this venue is more than just massive fields. There’s plenty of walks surrounding the estate with water features and outdoor “rooms” to explore.

Plus, they’ve got special areas to keep kids entertained all weekend long. Wonderland Productions are on site to run 45 minute workshops that include storytelling and games with props and costumes. There’s also an Enchanted Garden that’s got yoga classes, magicians, face painting and clowns.

Tickets start at €49.50 plus a booking fee and children under 4-years-old go free. Check out more on the website here.

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