Finding it hard to get a good night’s sleep? Are you waking up feeling moody, sleepy and not able to concentrate? SpunOut.ie’s new “Sleep Happy” campaign is all about getting enough good quality sleep to boost your physical and mental wellbeing.
The best way to start is these 10 easy tips to a better night’s sleep. There are so many simple things we can incorporate into our lives to make for better sleep.
Take our test to see what good sleep habits you have and where there’s room for improvement. Plus, if you're not sure if you’re getting enough sleep, you can read up about the right amount of sleep here.
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From talking to people all over the country on the topic of mental health, I have realised that depression has the potential to affect a person’s sleep pattern in two very different ways. There are those it stops from sleeping (me!) and those who will sleep too much.
I can only talk about the former but insomnia always reminds me of going to switch off my computer. Most times growing up a pop up box would appear saying 'Windows is shutting down'. It always left me feeling trapped in that state.
Unfortunately when it comes to sleeping you can’t unplug the power source or remove the battery to force it into hibernation. So you must lie there. You and your brain in a world of its own – staring at the ceiling thinking, questioning and wondering about everything in your life.
Occasionally I struggle to sleep and I now know that I am not alone in that club. Some nights I read, others I fall asleep to a relaxing playlist I call ‘dreamy sleepy nighty snoozey snooze’. I have a mindfulness CD that takes me through breathing exercises to encourage the body to wind down as a last resort. Simple things that I have learned work for me.
On one particular occasion I remember, absolutely nothing did the trick and my insomnia proved to be a catalyst to a singular suicidal thought entering my brain. I suppose as I grew more and more frustrated, my brain put forward this as a logical way to stop the internal conversations pulsing through my mind. Thankfully on this night, the notion left my brain as quickly as it came in. This whole process happened in seconds. In, out.
Rather than allow the frustration completely consume me, I put my two hands behind my head and asked myself what is stopping me from sleeping? What am I thinking about? What is worrying me? Once I began that process I realised there was nothing new upsetting my balance; nothing I hadn't addressed previously in my life.
I wondered if maybe I couldn’t sleep because I had been away on holidays for a week and did little or no exercise. Maybe I needed to burn some energy in order for me to switch off. I hadn't played a game of football or trained for six weeks because of injury. Was my body telling me I was missing something? Is it that release that playing sports provides me that I was missing? Maybe sport is not a valve, maybe it is just a distraction. Does football just compress this stuff for me? Internal conversations. One mind, two voices and they are away again!
I typed all this into my phone and noted my thoughts and feelings as in recent years that always seems to help slow my brain when I am struggling with my mental health. It might not work for everybody but it works for me. However, at 3am I accepted that my body wasn't going to switch off and I turned to Netflix to occupy my mind. Then I suddenly realise that it is 6am and the alarm that I had originally set 8 hours ago goes off in 90 minutes.
Insomnia is a lonely experience too and you think about the fact that everyone you know is in a happy dreamland; a check for online Facebook friends confirms I am in a world of my own. There is no movement in my house and I can hear the rain tapping off the window of my bedroom.
Out of nowhere a yawn occurs. At 6.11am I see my opportunity. I feel the body trying to switch off again but all of a sudden I start worrying about tomorrow. Will I be too tired at work? Will I call in sick? What mood am I going to be in after sleep deprivation? I remind myself that worrying about the near future will do me no good. A second yawn seals the deal. When my alarm eventually went off I resisted the temptation to lie in bed all day and feel sorry myself. A hot shower jumpstarts my day.
Those couple of hours felt like an eternity to me but I endured them. I’ve learned to understand that when I struggle to sleep that something within in me is off balance. I try to appreciate that I have a very clear warning signal - the occurrence of insomnia for the first time in my life was an extremely important part in me reaching out for help with regards to my mental health.
These days I try to see my rare spells of insomnia as those big flashing lights on the side of the motorway that we often see urging us to slow down. I am grateful for the ability to recognise them.
Are you struggling to get shut-eye every night? If so, it doesn’t have to be this way! There are many things that can negatively affect your sleep and if you change your habits around sleep, you’re much more likely to get better quality snoozing time at night. Here are some things to think about or even cut out to help improve your sleep.
Sleep hygiene is basically a fancy way of saying that you should stick to a proper bedtime routine. In other words, you shouldn’t spend the evening surfing the net or playing video games, and then expect to fall asleep 10 minutes afterwards. Likewise, you shouldn’t go to bed and get up at completely different times every day. A weekend lie in is usually okay, but not if you are getting up at 2pm when you normally get up at 7am! Check out these 10 ways to improve sleep hygeine here.
This has a major impact on your sleep. We all know caffeine is in coffee, but it’s also in tea and fizzy drinks. Try to avoid any high-caffeine drinks after 2pm.
Drinking alcohol does make many of us feel drowsy and tired, but actually, it can affect our sleep really negatively. If you’re drinking alcohol, you’re better off stopping at least a few hours before going to bed.
Smoking stimulates your brain making it harder to get to sleep. If you’re a smoker, try not to smoke in the hours immediately before going to bed.
Many of us indulge in the occasional midnight snack, but it’s best to cut out this habit if you’re struggling with your sleep. Eating late and at inconsistent times isn’t good for your sleep, so try to eat earlier and at the same time every day.
Cooler temperatures are better for sleep, so if your room is too hot, you’ll probably have a hard time getting to sleep. If it’s too warm, leave the heating off and make sure your duvet is light enough, especially during the summer!
Did you know that staring at laptop, phones or TV stimulates your eyes and brains? This makes it much harder to fall asleep. Try to avoid staring at screens for the hour before you go to bed.
If you’re tossing and turning worrying all night, you’ll struggle to get to sleep. Anxiety and stress are two of the biggest things that can eat into our sleep. Try to do relaxing activities before going to bed, such as listening to music, relaxation exercises or mindfulness. At times worrying thoughts may come to mind – write it down and come back to it in the morning. Learn more about managing your stress here.
Pain is a well known sleep enemy. Simply put, if you’re in pain you won’t be able to sleep well. It’s best to contact your doctor if you have unexplained or untreated pain, as they will likely be able to offer you treatment.
Some medicines can stimulate you and interfere with your sleep. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about this.
Yes, there’s not a whole lot of sunshine here in Ireland. We’ll admit that. However getting daylight of any kind is important to regulate the sleep/wake cycle – in other words if you do not get enough sunshine/daylight, you may have trouble sleeping.
Shift work can really mess with your sleeping as the body ends up totally confused about what time is day and what time is night. Learn more about sleeping when you work irregular hours here.
In general, I love my leaba. We’ve an excellent relationship and tend to spend a lot of time together, especially at the weekend. That said, like most students, I’m partial to the odd late night, especially now that it’s getting closer to exam time and I’ve loads of deadlines on the horizon.
When I heard that SpunOut were running a sleep campaign, I’ll admit that I was curious about it. I consider myself a good sleeper, but I’ve still been getting the mid-day slumps at college and by the time 10pm rolls around, I’m constantly shattered. With this in mind, I’ve decided to experiment with my bedtime routine for the next week, all in an attempt to rekindle my love with my leaba.
Tonight I’m starting off my sleep experiment, but I’m not entirely sure that I’ve gotten off to a good start. I’ve a big assignment due tomorrow and it’s already after midnight. Technically I’m in bed, I’m just very much switched on, frantically trying to get the last few hundred words written in this thing. I know I’m going to be wrecked tomorrow.
Assignment handed in!! That was a relief. I still managed to get about six hours sleep, not too far off the normal routine, but I’m definitely feeling the effects of it today. I went for a run earlier and wasn’t up to my usual standard. Tonight’s plan is to cut all social media, laptops and phones out after 9:30ish. I promise I’ll vlog about it!
Benefits of no social media? An excellent night’s sleep. It was probably helped by the fact that I was wrecked from the late night before, but regardless, I’m feeling great today. Downside? I slept in. I’d forgotten that my phone is the only alarm I use! Tonight’s experiment involves drinking lemon and green tea before bed. I’ve heard it helps, but something about drinking tea right before bed just sounds like a bad idea…
Tea was a bad idea. It didn’t help at all. If anything, it just made me wake up a few hours into my sleep to use the bathroom. Maybe this works for some people, but because I’m not used to it, I think I’ll give it a skip in future. Tonight’s agenda involves a bit of pre-bed meditation! See my funky pink yoga mat in my vlog.
Just after another great night's sleep. I think the meditation right before bed helped massively in winding down from the day and focusing on switching off. I googled some YouTube videos on mindfulness to help me relax and I fully recommend trying this. It helped having someone tell me what to think and how to breathe, and listening to calming music (as cheesy as I’m sure you’re imaging that to be) worked excellently. Luckily the videos are only about 10 mins long each too, so you don’t really have to set aside too much of the night to get some meditation in!
I forgot to mention that last night’s experiment merely involved leaving my door ajar and leaving the light on in the hall. I’ve heard that having the right ‘sleeping environment’ leads to good sleeping patterns, so I wanted to switch mine up a bit. I also changed my sheets and duvet – nothing beats sleeping in fresh sheets! I found the door thing a bit odd, I kept expecting someone to walk in and that didn’t help at all. The light didn’t really bother me, but I can’t say that it did anything for me either. Oh and the sheets? Key. Best sleep of the week! Tonight I’m going to take it easy and go for a brief stroll before bedtime.
The last night!! I’m at a bit of a loss as to what to try and do tonight, so I may just attempt to get a normal night’s sleep. I’ve my phone on night-time mode so it won’t buzz with notifications which I didn’t even know was a thing before this week! I’ve also finished a quick mindfulness video on YouTube and I feel fairly positive about getting a good night’s sleep ahead. I’m not sure how much I can really take from this week, but I’m glad to have picked up a few tips before exam week kicks in. No doubt I’ll need every bit of help I can get to avoid study insomnia!
Often times, we can find ourselves tossing and turning and struggling to have a good nights rest. Luckily, there are apps that are designed to help and these are a few of our favorites!
This app has over 70 sounds, from thunderstorms to quiet piano playing, that can all be combined together to create the perfect atmosphere to completely knock out.
This app acts as a smart alarm clock and monitors your sleep to wake you up at just the right moment! You can track your dreams and review your sleeping patterns too! (It works even better when used with Sleep Pillow!)
This one teaches you different poses that’ll help you reduce stress and have a better nights rest!
Although this app isn’t specifically made for sleeping, it’ll help you relax and focus on your breathing which can be soothing when intruding thoughts enter your head at night!
Similarly to Sleep Pillow, this app comes with audio content to help you sleep but with the added bonus of tips on dealing with insomnia!
Do you ever find yourself staying up until dawn, cramming for an exam or trying to finish an essay? For many people, all-nighters seem like an inevitable part of life. Although sometimes you may need the extra time to get stuff done, all-nighters are worse for your health than you may think.
All-nighters can cause a serious amount of long and short-term health problems, including:
All-nighters are well worth avoiding if you can. Here are some top tips for staying on top of your time management and making all-nighters unnecessary:
As soon as you know when an assignment or essay is due, or when any other deadline is taking place, put it into your calendar. Planning ahead means you can know far in advance how much time you’ll need to put into different tasks, and will be able to spread out the work over a period of time.
Once you make the calendar described above, check it regularly to make sure nothing falls under the radar.
Some tasks can be big and intimidating. This can make you postpone them until it’s too late and you’re forced to spend the whole night cramming. But calm down - if you identify smaller, easier actions that you can take to contribute towards the larger task, it will seem much more manageable and achievable.
If you know you have a big exam coming up, make sure you’re spending enough time each week studying for the exam. This will mean you won’t need to stay up late the night before cramming.
If you're swamped with work and don't have enough time to do it, ask your lecturer, teacher or employer for a few horus off to get stuff done.
Sometimes an all-nighter might seem impossible to avoid. If there’s something that just has to be done for tomorrow and there’s no other time it can happen, here are some steps to take to make the all-nighter as healthy as possible:
In 2013, citizens from across Ireland came together to review the constitution in the working sessions of the Constitutional Convention. The Convention gave citizens the opportunity to suggest amendments.
One of the recommendations was to lower the age of eligibility for the office of President from 35 to 21. Presently, the voting age in Ireland is 18 and the age of eligibility to become a TD, Senator or a Member of the European Parliament is 21. For this reason, those at the constitutional convention thought it would be worth reviewing the age of eligibility for the office of President.
Those who argue for a Yes vote say that if a person can be elected to the national parliament at 21 there is no reason why they can’t also be elected to the office of President. It is also argued that an age as high as 35 discriminates against younger people who may be just as capable as carrying out the job. It could also help to increase the involvement of young people in politics.
Those on the No side, however, argue that 21 is too young. While the President does not have an executive role or any say in policy, he or she still has specific constitutional powers. For example the President can refer a Bill to the Supreme Court to decide if it is constitutional. For this reason, some people are concerned that at 21 years of age a person would not have enough experience or knowledge to bring to these tasks. There is also the concern that someone so young is more likely to be influenced by a political party.
It is worth knowing that to make it onto the Presidential ballot paper, you must first be nominated by at least 20 members of the Oireachtas or 4 county/city council councils.
Should the referendum pass, article 12.4.1, which refers to the age of eligibility for the office of president, will be changed from:
Every citizen who has reached his thirty-fifth year is eligible for election to the office of President.
Every citizen who has reached the age of twenty-one years is eligible for election to the office of President.
Other European countries with a low age of eligibility for the office of President include France (18), Croatia (18), Finland (18), and Slovenia (18). Most other European Countries have their age of eligibility for President set at 35 or 40.
*This article has been written by a parliamentary assistant currently working in Dail Eireann*
We see them on the TV, hear them on the radio and read about them in the paper. But what do politicians actually do? And, more importantly, how do you get them to help you out?
If you’re concerned about an ongoing issue, be it national or local, or if you have a personal problem that you need help with, such as SUSI grants, a social welfare payment or any issue at all, really, this is how you can contact your TD:
Find out who your local TD or councillor is and contact them first. You can get that information on the Oireachtas website or Who is my TD?. If it is a particular issue that has a particular area of responsibility, for example: if you wish to discuss an issue surrounding the provision of medical cards for people with a certain illness, then you will also want to speak to the representatives who are the Health Spokespersons for their party. You can get this information on the individual parties’ websites.
When you email, write or call your representative make sure to advise them of your address and that you are one of their constituents. This way it makes it easier for them to contact you. You wouldn’t believe the amount of correspondence that comes in with no contact information and this means we have no way of making contact!
If you are contacting a TD, be polite and give all the necessary information. If you are rude, more than likely, you will not get a response.
DO NOT use mass mailing services to contact your TD. Most of these emails get picked up as spam and staff will not look at them. You can find individual email addresses for politicians on the Oireachtas site, but in general emails are firstname.lastname@example.org
TDs and their staff are only human and can be very busy people. Give them a week or two to get back in touch with you. If you are waiting longer than this, make sure to give them a phone call to check in. If they are waiting on a reply for you, for example from a Parliamentary Question, this can take a number of weeks.
CLINIC TIMES! Ask to meet your local TD or ask for their clinic times. These are usually held by most TDs or their staff and are open times where you can walk in a meet with them about your issue. Check your representative’s website or Facebook page for details of their clinic times. If you are going into a clinic, make sure that you bring all of the necessary documents with you, such as reference numbers, PPS numbers and any letters or documents concerning the issue.
Finally, make sure you are registered to vote! All TD offices have access to the Live Register. Sometimes, if you are not registered, representatives may not work as hard for you, as you have no impact on their vote. If your local TD doesn’t help you out, make sure that you are registered so you can use your vote to get someone in there who will! Find out how to register to vote here.
As time passes and we draw ever nearer to May’s referendum, same-sex marriage is becoming a topic hot on the nation’s lips. This referendum is not only about improving the rights of a minority group, it also relates to the country’s ability to change the status quo comfortably. In my opinion, this is not something easily done within Ireland, a country which, like many others, is in some respects quite settled in its ways; I have come across many people recently, who don’t understand the need to vote; not because they are intrinsically homophobic, but rather because they see no need to instil change and they feel it does not affect them directly. The ability to affect positive change, as a whole, is something that the people of this country need now more than ever in the wake of a difficult recession and problematic and hard to digest government decisions.
I mentioned previously that some people feel that the referendum does not affect them directly, but this is inherently untrue. We live on a relatively small island consisting of a myriad close-knit communities. Within each of these communities there are LGBT people who are being denied the same basic rights and opportunities that their heterosexual counterparts are afforded without question. This affects each Irish person, because it affects all communities and the nation as a whole. Furthermore, it affects all Irish people because the majority of people will, at some point in their lives, have a friend, family member or colleague who is gay and whose rights will be called into question. We must also each think of our children, or potential future children, and consider their happiness. As a parent, I feel it is essential that my daughter be raised in a country where she is free to love who she chooses, regardless of sexual preferences and that she be afforded the same opportunities to express that love through marriage. That is something that I will fight for.
This referendum is close to my heart for another reason - I grew up with gay parents. I had a very happy childhood and still have a wonderful relationship with my parents. The idea that I could choose to go out tomorrow and get married, but that my parents could not saddens me immensely. Unfortunately this is not the worst aspect of the current inequality. We live in a society which gives great power to the union of marriage, in particular a legal power and yet does not allow many of its citizens to become married. Currently, non-biological parents in same-sex parented families are not legally recognised as being related to the children they are raising. This causes countless problems, from day-to-day tasks such as collecting a child from school early, to being able to visit an ill son or daughter in hospital. I have witnessed situations in which parents have not been allowed into hospitals to see new-born children and have been denied access to visit their very unwell child over the Christmas holidays. Even more disturbing is the fact that if a lesbian or gay couple has a child, if the biological parent dies, the state has the power to remove the child from the household and place them in the care of extended family or foster care rather than allow them to stay with the parent who has been raising them. I believe this to be a huge injustice, adding immensely to the tragedy of losing one parent and causing immeasurable damage to the child.
A lot of people who are campaigning for a no vote ask the clichéd question of: ‘What about the children’. As one of the children in question, I want to take this opportunity to say that a no vote will hurt us, it will not offer protection to Irish children, it will merely allow Irish law to condone the discrimination of us and our families and allow us to fall through the cracks because of outdated and unfair loopholes. There are also those who encourage smear campaigns against LGBT parents, insinuating that abuse within the home is more prevalent because of the parent’s sexual orientation. This is nonsense. Entirely fabricated statistics are the only ‘proof’ these people can offer and it is sadly a scare tactic created by bigots who want something to hide behind. There is an organisation called ‘Doctors for Equality’ who have declared that after conducting thorough research, there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that children of same-sex parents would be affected negatively in any way by their parent’s sexual orientation.
The questions of the moment seem to be 'Should gay couples be allowed to marry' and 'Wont allowing same sex marriage cause harm to children in some way'. I want to pose a new question to the people reading this, and I hope you will take a moment to consider it: ‘Isn't it about time that we started asking how we can live in a society that questions the value of equality and considers the discrimination of some a viable possibility on the basis that it won’t veer away from the status quo?’.
We all have those days: bad nights sleep, stepped in a puddle, tea gone cold. But sometimes we get a string of bad days, those days turn to weeks. And one day we can wake up, and just not feel right. When stress piles on we begin to think differently and it changes how we view the world. When our surroundings begin to affect our mind in such a drastic way over a short period of time, it’s definitely not a good thing.
In September of 2014 I started studying Zoology in University College Cork. I’ve wanted to study zoology since I was a boy, watching Steve Irwin put crocodiles in a headlock. I remember staring at the TV in my loony tunes pyjamas at 8:30 every morning and thinking “I want to do that!”. Thirteen years later here I am studying my dream subject (I've yet to headlock a crocodile however). After years of dreaming and hard work, life was where I wanted it to be, but it wasn’t completely plain sailing. I normally cope very well in stressful situations, I didn’t bat an eyelid going through the Leaving Cert while those around me were loosing their heads, but settling in to college was rough. Very rough.
Of the 120 students in my class I had spoken to 3 of them in the first few weeks. Out of my depth with the sheer volume of people here I spent many of my classes on my own in the back row, avoiding eye contact with everyone else. I couldn’t make friends, I lost my voice and found it impossible to speak to anyone. I wanted nothing more than for someone to come talk to me, invite me to go get tea, or just acknowledge I was even there. I was alone in a crowd.
While trying to make new friends was hard enough, it felt like my friends from school had left me behind as they thrived in the new environment. I would hear from them rarely and see them even less. They took to student life-like ducks to water, going out on a Thursday having fun and embracing the new lifestyle in the pubs and clubs of the City. The idea of clubbing terrifies me; huge crowds, drunks and noise. I was in a relationship at the time and had no reason to join my friends on the prowl. They invited me along, but when I say invited, it felt like I was hounded with a chorus of “You should come with us!” .. Should. Said like It was something expected of me from day one, something I was obliged to do. That made me feel isolated. I declined the invitation every time, knowing I’d be abandoned like an unwanted pup at the side of the road.
Come October I came to terms with the fact my mental health was slowly deteriorating, the stress of my academic life coupled with the isolation of my social life was taking its toll. I suffered daily headaches, a bad sleeping pattern and a lapse in concentration. And after a long day of college, it all came to a boil.
It was one of those days, nothing went as I wanted it to and the world seemed against me. I had just finished a 3 hour chemistry lab which I hated to even think of doing. I nearly lost myself in that lab, staring at a list of measurements and terms I didn’t understand. One of the girls in the class I had managed to make friends with must have noticed I was distressed, she came over and asked “You ok?” to which I gave the only answer I could manage: “I’m fine”. Now I was on the train home at 8:30pm after being on the go for nearly 12 hours. I wanted to cry, I just wanted to go home and cry and never have to leave again. My brain felt like it was trying to break out of my skull, I had bottled up 2 months worth of stress and negative emotion and it had come to a head. I had to drive home that night in the dark with my head swimming and concentration crumbling and it showed, I stalled every time I had to stop the car and narrowly avoided causing a side-on collision with another driver. Driving that night was a very bad idea. Half way home that night I had a terrible, horrifying thought that still shocks me: “If I just swerve into that wall, I won’t have to go any further”. It was at this moment I realised how bad I let things get, I didn’t care what happened, my own self-preservation had been blocked out, and it scared me. It made me even more determined to get home, I didn’t want it all to end. At my house I didn’t bother turning off the ignition I just went inside and did exactly what I wanted to do in the first place: Cried. I collapsed against a cupboard in the kitchen and broke down completely in front of my parents who didn’t have a clue what to do. It was the worst I’ve ever felt in my life. Needless to say, I didn’t go to college the next day.
Following this episode I knew I needed help, there was no hiding it anymore and no denying it either. I had serious anxiety. I was afraid of college, afraid to go to lectures, afraid to go out, afraid to face the crowds, afraid to face my friends, afraid to look my parents in the eye, afraid to talk to anyone about it. In the weeks that followed I slowly fought a bout of depression that had reduced me to a shell. I didn’t feel anything for a few days, no joy or sadness, just emptiness. Anyone that tried to get through to me got one word answers or a nod. It was especially frustrating for my parents, when I came home every day I’d curl up on the couch and stay there in silence. Dinner wasn’t always an option, I sometimes struggled to eat and was unable to stomach food no matter how hungry I was.
On my return to college I met with my mentor, the staff member assigned to help me should I ever need it. I also met with some close friends over a few days, which helped more than I was expecting. Just knowing that others were aware of what I was going through made me feel so much better.
I’d like to say this is an isolated and unique incident for me, but it isn’t. I still struggle managing my emotions. I still struggle on nights out, when I’m bored, tired, alone, or just have too much on my plate. I still struggle with Anxiety & Depression.
I’ve shown this article to a few close friends and family in the weeks before publishing it. I’ve gotten a mix of reactions from hugs, to tears, to the odd “Ah shit :/” , but my favourite reaction was from my Mam. After showing her she simply said “I knew you had it, I’ve known for a long time.” She said I always found things difficult and recognised my social anxiety years before I had any clue, but stayed a silent guardian the whole time and always did her best to steer me away from tough situations.
Living with a mental illness isn’t easy but it doesn’t have to be crushingly hard either: I have a close network of amazing friends and a loving family that understand and care, they check up on me when they notice I’m acting differently, and always offer help should I ever need it. If I could offer any advice to someone reading this that is going/gone through a mental illness, It’s to have at least one friend that understands. Let someone know, be it your parents, a sibling, a friend, a neighbour, girlfriend, boyfriend, a trained professional, a teacher or colleague you’re close to, or even your pet! To use the cliché: A problem shared is a problem halved.
As the date for the referendum on same-sex marriage draws near, BeLonG To, the national organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) young people, has released a new online video that calls for young people and parents to go out and vote ‘yes’!
The video, written and directed by Aoife Kelleher and Hugh Rodgers, shows how everyone can do their part by encouraging others to vote on May 22nd. Familiar faces such as Brian Gleeson, Aaron Heffernan, Ruth McCabe, Steve Wall, Elva Trill, and Kelly Campbell can be seen throughout the ad heading down to the polls and gathering their friends and families to join them.
The Founding Director of BeLonG To, Michael Barron, stated that by voting ‘yes’, Ireland will be made a better place for future generations and that he hopes that the ad will show those of older generations “just how strongly young people feel about marriage equality.”
Check out the video below!