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How can we show our appreciation for the affordable style in Penneys while also contributing to charity services supporting children? 

The ISPCC Childline have joined forces with our fave retailer for the Penneys Makes Cents campaign. 

All Ireland-winning camogie star Anna Geary has teamed up with the partnership which aims to make it easier for Penneys customers to support children and young people across Ireland.

From February 17 to 24, Penneys Makes Cents will give it's customers a chance to ‘Add a little. Do a lot’ for the nation's listening service for kids.

Children and young people make over 380,000 calls, texts and online contacts every single year to Childline's free phone line, live text and web chat services.

These kids seek a listening ear and feel as though they have nowhere else to turn when they make the call; they are experiencing trauma, abuse, neglect, fear and loneliness and vitally need help. No child should have to live through this.

Ireland's Fittest Coach, Anna Geary, spoke about the campaign with pride;

“I am delighted to support this fantastic partnership between ISPCC Childline and Penneys. With the support of Penneys and its customers, the vital Childline service will be there for every child and young person in Ireland at every hour of every day and night in 2019 and beyond."

To help keep Childline listening to children and young people, head down to Penneys between February 17 and 23 to donate 50 cent or more to ISPCC Childline. Even a little amount goes a long way.

Ireland’s only 24‐hour listening service for children desperately needs your help when purchasing your Penneys items, and the ISPCC’s Childline service will receive 100 percent of all donations raised in the campaign.


At our age, we are poorly attempting to juggle a career, a social life and self-care.

Honestly, it can be exhausting.

So it's little surprise that when it comes to getting our freak-on – we would rather watch Netflix without the chill.

It seems that our perception of this is skewed, according to this research.

The BBC asked people in Britain and US how much sex they think people between the ages of 18-29 were having.

The results were in and to be honest, we are kinda shook – they're wild.

The average guess were that young men in both countries were getting down and dirty 14 times in a month.

Sorry lads – but it couldn't be further from the truth – it was actually just five times in Britain and four in the US, says surveys on sexual behaviour.

But wait, it gets better.

It's our turn ladies and supposedly Brits think we are getting our bit 22 times a month, while Americans think it is 23 times. 

Now, let's crunch the numbers properly.

This means we would be having sex EVERY weekday.

PLUS, doubling or tripling up on special occasions.

Immediately, our first thought is how on earth do we find the time? 

I call it a success when I manage to get three square meals in, never mind trying to squeeze a daily sexy session in.

Here is where I will burst the bubble, in reality women our age are having sex five times in four weeks. – That sounds a tad more accurate.

But, why are the misconceptions around how much sex we are having, so big?

Well, people white lie for various reasons around their sex life.

Judgement remains high and societal norms surrounding gender and sex are prominent. 

This was evident when in the same survey the BBC asked three different nations how many sexual partners they had notched up, by the time they reached the ages 45 to 54. 

Guesses for males were scarily accurate, in Britain and Australia the average was 17, and in the US, 19. – Most participates guessed these correctly.

However, when it came to questions around sexual behaviour in female and males – eyebrows were raised and perhaps lies were told.

Women reported much lower sexual experiences than their male counterparts, even saying that they've had half of the sexual partners in comparison to men.

However, there's a problem statistically – the amount of sexual partners for both genders should somewhat match.

Since both men and women are saying they're having sexual relations and they make up roughly the same amount of the heterosexual population – it would be impossible for women to have half the partners of men.

But time and time again, this is a common finding in surveys, amongst our friends and depending on the circumstance – some of us have even tweaked our number. 

This survey goes to show that perception has a seriously powerful influence on society.

Our age group probably needs to get laid a little bit more.

And gals – you aren't defined by a number so own your experiences and don't be shy about your sexual partners.

And if you're friends are bragging about the amount of sex they're having – you can presume that they're fibbing. 



We really don't understand why this latest trend appeals to teenagers to risk their lives for online attention. 

The craze is called 'balconying' which involves young Irish and British teenagers posting videos of themselves online hopping from balcony to balcony in their holiday resorts.

This terrifying trend has claimed 46 lives since it began in 2012, reports the Sun.

The latest incident according to the Sun ended in an 18-year-old Irish girl being fined for refusing to stop jumping from balcony to balcony when Majorca authorities had asked her to.

Subsequently, the publication reports that the teenager fell from the first floor and was treated for minor injuries. 

Police in the popular tourist resort has introduced new laws against balconying

If caught an individual could face a minimum penalty of €600 and a maximum of €1,500, says the Sun. 

However, it is unknown how much the Irish teenager will be fined.

Additionally, the police have now issued videos in English to British and Irish holidaymakers to deter them from taking on the craze.

If you're thinking about getting involved in the trend, think twice about the serious consequences this could have not only for your life, but your family too. 


Despite many young adults often seen to be enjoying active social lives, a new study has found that they are actually more likely to experience feelings of loneliness when compared to every other age group. 

The research found that almost 10 per cent of people aged between 16 and 24 admitted to feeling lonely "always or often" – more than three times higher than people aged 65 and over. 

One theory behind the figures, is that older people could become "resilient" to the sense of isolation, with researchers explaining that these types of feelings "tend to decrease with age." 

"It's possible that people become more resilient to loneliness as they get older, possibly through the experience of significant life events and life transitions," says the study.

Some reports suggest that social media could be to blame for the increasing loneliness among young people. 

According to bbc.com, Cal Strode, of the Mental Health Foundation, explained:

 "Teens can have thousands of friends online and yet feel unsupported and isolated. Technology, including social media, could be exacerbating social isolation." 

What's more, women were consistently more likely to report loneliness than men across all age groups. 

However, it was noted that these figures could reflect a reluctance among men to express their emotions. 

People who were single, middle-aged, living alone, and those with poor health also reported high levels of loneliness. 

Meanwhile, people who were older, male, living with a partner, working, homeowners, and those in good health were found to be the least lonely. 



A new survey by Youth Work Ireland has revealed that we are becoming a more tolerant and accepting society.

The results were published in conjunction with the launch of the organisation's #Equality17 campaign and showed that Ireland’s youth are more accepting of ethnic minorities and sexuality than previous generations.

In fact, three quarters of the 1,000 14 to 24-year-olds surveyed labelled themselves as more tolerant than their parents.

Unfortunately the results were not as positive when the participants were asked to refer to specific ethnic groups.

80 per cent said they were more accepting of African immigrants, however, figures fell to 66 per cent when the participants were asked about their attitude towards Muslims.

When it came to members of the travelling and Roma communities, 58 per cent of young people felt they were more tolerant than their parents, while 74 per cent believed they showed a greater concern and awareness of people with disabilities.

Spokesman, Michael McLaughlin, has this to say about the findings:

"It certainly shows across a whole range of areas including immigrant populations – that young people would be seen as considerably more tolerant of immigration in Ireland and of ethnic diversity in general.

"It's probably something that we've always expected but it's useful to see it in these figures confirmed for us," he said.

Others findings from the survey suggested that 95 per cent of young people thought they were more accepting of gay people and 91 per cent said they were less likely to be influenced by the Catholic Church than previous generations.