Thom Zimny Talks Bruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars”

Thom Zimny and Bruce Springsteen have been making art together for the past 19 years but their latest project, “Western Stars” really tugs at the heart strings and leaves you with a lot of food for thought.

I caught up with Thom to find out more about movie, what he took away from it and what’s next for him and Bruce?

Western Stars will be in Irish cinemas for one night only on Monday 28th October.

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Aisling Bea and Paul Rudd Talk “Living With Yourself”

We see two versions of Paul Rudd in Netflix’s latest series, Living With Yourself.

I caught up with Paul and his co-star, the fabulous Aisling Bea, to talk about the show, why they both had to be a part of it, the success of This Way Up, getting star struck, Hozier and more.

Living With Yourself is available to stream on Netflix from Friday 18th October.

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Jenn Murray Talks “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

Jenn Murray features in Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”.

I recently chatted to Jenn about  where she was and how she felt when she found out she got the role; how she prepares for the big action scenes; why she has to act; and how she deals with self doubt.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is in Irish cinemas from Friday 18th October.


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Andy Muschietti Goes Full Scares In Our “It Chapter Two” Chat

This junket was held in an underground vault with trains running above us, freaky things on set and Andy Muschietti in his freaking out element!

When he wasn’t try to scare me we spoke nightmares, long running times and of course It Chapter Two!

It Chapter Two is out in cinemas on Friday.

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“Enjoy yourself as much as possible and be kind.” – James McAvoy (It Chapter Two)

James McAvoy is one of the “Losers” in the latest It film, It Chapter Two.

I caught up with James to find out how he managed the scares and cast injuries that came with filming, what he runs from and what younger James would say to current James.

It Chapter Two is out in Irish cinemas on Friday 6th September.

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Thank You Teacher!


Mrs. Bingham with our Grade Prep Class

As students around the world (Northern Hemisphere) prepare for their first day of school, there are also teachers who have been busy getting classrooms ready, lesson plans finished and are there with open arms to take in a new batch of  students.

Thank you to all those fabulous teachers who make their classrooms such a welcoming place and a world of wonder, exploration, and fun. So many of you leave big marks on so many of us students – even long after we’ve left your classrooms.

I’ve been so lucky to have so many wonderful school teachers. From my first ever, my grade Prep teacher, Mrs. Bingham, to my high school Principal, Sr Beth (although at the time I didn’t think that way), to all the greats in between.

Starting school can be scary for a four and a bit year old, but Mrs Bingham took that fear away with her welcoming smile, words of reassurance, and opening my eyes to the world. Anytime I walked into her classroom or I saw her (even until this day), I felt safe, important and like I could do anything.

I was fortunate to have Miss Merritt for two years.  She was one of the most caring and loving teachers ever. I wanted to be a teacher because of her. I still remember sobbing in her arms when she told me she was leaving our school.

Mr Lysenko and Mr Scerri literally risked their lives to save mine.

Mrs Rhoderick made history so much fun. Her classes were always rowdy, filled with excitement and there was a burning desire to find out more about our world by learning from the past.

Mr Kelso challenged me and opened my mind by, just like Robin Williams in Dead Poet’s Society, getting me to standing on tables and see the world from a different point of view – “Oh Captain. My Captain!”

Ms Romano imparted valuable life lessons. Teaching me to stand up for and back myself, and to use my voice, not only to help me, but others too.

And Sr Beth. My high school principal. I wasn’t her biggest fan but some of the words, from her many assembly lectures, have stuck with me. She always believed that us AMI girls could and would go far. She harped on about not boxing ourselves in and trying as many new things as possible – both in life and in our careers.

I was so privileged to have these amazing human beings cross my path. They saw only the best in me and pushed me to not only see it, but believe that I could be it too.

So to my teachers, and to every other amazing teacher out there, thank you for everything that you do. You make this world a better place. Here’s to an academic year that is all kinds of wonderful, not just for your students, but for you too!


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My Love/Hate Relationship With Breastfeeding

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Multi tasking – feeding baby, feeding me, & trying to get some work done.

I have a love/hate relationship with breastfeeding. It’s something I just assumed I would do when I became a mum because it’s what I heard my mum, her mum before her, my aunties, my cousins’ wives, my friends and people around me did. The way I heard everyone talk about it, I thought this would be the easiest, most beautiful, blissful experience. For me it wasn’t always the case.

I love that the great experiences are out there but it’s important that we hear as many people’s truths as possible.

Breastfeeding my first born was much tougher than I thought it would be. From the beginning, she had problems latching and then when she did, she would take forever to feed. Those first few days/nights in hospital were so overwhelming. I was so lucky that there was an amazing nurse who had my well being, as well as baby’s, at the fore. She was there for quite a few feeds and saw what was happening. When she saw my exhaustion levels she insisted that I sleep through a feed and she would give her formula. I started to cry. I didn’t want the decision to breastfeed to be taken from me. I wanted to make that decision myself. However, she talked me off the ledge and told me we would work through it. After a couple of hours sleep I felt better and we had a chat – she would watch my next feed and we’d figure it out together.

Again, my baby girl wasn’t latching. This is when she suggested a nipple shield. I had no idea what this was (it sounded like something a super hero would wear!) but this was my saviour. All of a sudden my baby girl was feeding! I thought that would be the end of the struggle but it wasn’t. Although it was much better than the first few days, and I was lucky not to have engorged boobs or mastitis, I still found it tough.

My baby girl would take forever to feed. People would talk about 10-20minute feeds, we’d still be going at 40-45minutes. Then there was the fact that because I was breastfeeding I’d have to do the night feeds and so I was so sleep deprived. Expressing was a living hell! I’d express for 30mins and only have about 30-40mls of that liquid gold. Nowhere near the amount needed for someone else to feed her.

This was eight years ago, in Ireland, so I also felt quite isolated. I was feeding in rooms on my own so as not to make anyone else feel uncomfortable, feeding in cars, behind trees, anywhere that was out of sight – I started to feel that I was becoming invisible.

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I used this apron a few times but it didn’t really work for me as both baby and I got hot & bothered.

Fast forward 5 years (2016) and I am thankful to say that the experience was different
with my second child. Attitudes towards breastfeeding had started to change in Ireland. I no longer felt I had to be invisible (that said I did try a breast feeding apron a few times – my baby hated it and I felt hot and flustered).

Feeding him was also so much easier. He took to the boob with ease and didn’t take as long to feed (although expressing was still a nightmare). I still had mixed emotions though. I loved the ease of breastfeeding – the fact that I didn’t have to worry if he needed an unexpected feed as food was always to hand (or boob).

I struggled with other things though. The biggest one was the feeling of having a constant ball and chain attached to me. Even when I did leave the baby with others to feed him – I still had to relieve my boobs when I was out, or time it to be home for the next feed.

I also felt like I had lost some of my identity. I had become a feeding machine. All my clothing decisions weren’t made based on what I would love to wear, they were all about whether or not the outfits were breast feeding feeding friendly. I also never felt less sexy! While feeding my son, I found it hard to think of my body in a sexual way. That said, I surprised myself and breastfed him for longer than I ever thought I would and I would do it all over again.

On breastfeeding awareness week why am I sharing these feelings? I suppose it’s to let any other mums out there (who may be feeling similarly to what I was) know that they are not alone.

It’s also to highlight that mums need support. Whatever way they chose to feed their baby, mind mum. Make sure she is OK. While she may say everything is grand, we all know that grand is not always what it means. Be there for her and please don’t judge her – support her. Be like a good bra – lift her up, don’t drag her down.

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