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19 sound Irish women you should be following on Instagram

Brighten up your Instagram timeline with these gals.

1. Sinead Burke (@minniemelange)

Speaking to 1,200 people at Accenture's International Women's Day event this morning. Deep breath. #IWDCCD

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The always fabulous Sinead Burke is a consistent delight on Instagram.

Follow her this instant.

2. Tara Marzuki (@tarmarz)

"Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated"

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Tara Marzuki, who originally hails from Cork, is a “digital influencer/content creator” based in New York. The 23-year-old also happens to be a bit of a big deal in the fashion world. A quick gander at her Instagram will reveal why.

3. Corina Gaffey (@corinagaffey)

Sweet treats at @houseoffraser press day #hofss16 🍍🍍🍍🍍

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Corina Gaffey is one of the country’s top stylists and her expertly curated Instagram is basically candy for the eyes.

4. Lilly Higgins (@lilly_higgins_)

Word of advice: don’t look at Lilly Higgins’ Instagram if you’re hungry. Do, however, look at it for inspiration before doing The Big Shop.

5. Simone Rocha (@simonrocha_)


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One of the country’s top fashion exports has an Instagram to die for.

6. Aoife McElwain (@aoifeforkful)

The brains behind Forkful and Sing Along Social is a must follow on Instagram.

Food has never looked so pretty.

7. Sarah Maria Griffin (@sarahgriffski)

never not on the #Maryquest can't stop won't stop

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Sarah Maria Griffin is a celebrated writer who you’re going to be hearing a lot more about when her novel Spare & Found Parts is released later this year. In the meantime, follow her exploits over on Instagram.

8. Louise Cooney (@louisecooney_)

The DCU graduate is one of the country’s top fashion bloggers and has even been featured in Teen Vogue. Her Instagram will fill you with wanderlust/wardrobe envy.

9. Fatti Burke (@fattiburke)

So excited for Broad City Season 3 tonight/tomorrow morning #yasqueen 👯

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The award-winning illustrator behind Irelandopedia will fill your Instagram timeline with pretty colours and lovely design. (And Broad City illustrations, as seen above.)

10. Fiona Byrne (@nycfiona)


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Fiona Byrne, the brains behind lifestyle website Byrne Notice, is living the life in New York City and documenting it day by day. Warning: may make you want to impulsively book a flight to NYC.

11. Samantha Barry (@sammybarrynews)

Practicing how to project my voice with conviction 😀#gopdebate @cnn #houston

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The Cork woman is Senior Director of Social News at CNN and mingling with the likes of Hillary Clinton and Anna Wintour. Not bad, eh?

12. Lisa O’Brien (@liobrien)

Do you want to go to the seaside? 🏖

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For positively dreamy photos of home and abroad, look no further.

13. Angela Scanlon (@angelascanlon)

Weapons ready!!! High on Haribo 🍭

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If you’re not following Angela Scanlon already, you’re doing Instagram wrong.

14. Amy Huberman (@amyhuberman)

If you don’t already want to be BFFs with Amy Huberman, her Instagram will soon have you wondering if it’s too forward to ask her out for a pint. What can we say? The woman is good at puns and wears nice clothes.

15. Louise O’Neill (@oneilllou)

The feeling when a proof arrives that you really, really wanted....

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For your daily dose of feminism, Louise O’Neill is your only woman. Her Instagram will make you fall in love with her even more. 

16. Fiona Goons (@fayoonao)

Hard at work; a continued series. #🍩 #👀 #teammonki

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This Irish gal is currently working as digital and social media coordinator for Swedish clothing brand Monki, and her Instagram is impossibly c o o l.

Do yourself a favour and follow immediately.

17. Katie Davenport (@katielouisedavenport)

Katie Davenport is one of Irish theatre’s most in-demand production designers and her Instagram offers a fascinating (and gorgeous) glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes.

18. Jo Linehan (@jo_linehan)

Love the @officialbrownthomas window homage to David Bowie X ⚡️

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Writer and stylist Jo Linehan has one of the most aesthetically pleasing Instagrams around.

19. Sarah Waldron (@sarah__waldron)

Breaking up doesn’t mean the end of romance. It’s not always about dissolving a friendship. If there’s a balance of power, sometimes it barely shifts. — So, in a month of chugging forward (more work, getting my concentration back, less anxiety – ever slowly – ever slowly) there was a stall, a weird shunt. I broke up with my therapist. For a few reasons, but mostly, it just wasn’t good for me. Terrible. So we had a chat, and we’re going to try something different. Someone different. — @theplathdiaries wrote a great post today about finishing her PhD work that resonates. In it, she said “And I think that's what gets lost when you do a PhD or anything that's set in an ultra-competitive environment - how fantastic an experience it is to have the opportunity to broaden your mind, listen to others, learn from others, have the time to write and think, to be wrong and to work towards being better. Things happen - life gets in the way. You run out of funding. People need you to be present for them. You get a job. These things happen. It's ok to take your time with this.” — I’m an ambitious person. I pay attention to the perceived markers of ‘progress’ and ‘achievement’, celebrate them when my friends reach them, feel empty when I do the same. I’m increasingly finding that good mental health isn’t the result of competition – in this case, I’m in competition with my brain, and every defeat feels so absolute. It’s not a result at all. It’s a process. Life does get in the way. There are steps and roads and who knows where they might go, but you hope you’re on the right path anyway. — It’s a struggle, but in an extremely twisted way I feel privileged, because I am forced to self-examine in a way that many people are not, and that, since I have access to the proper help and a good doctor, I might even come out of it, if not better, a better person. And you might too. We just need to stay the course and take our time. #anxiety #depression #theview #therapy

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On a site that’s dominated by pretty brunches and filtered versions of ourselves, Waldron has been bucking the trend by serving up some truths about mental health on her Instagram. Comforting and wise, she’s a must follow.

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