Childline provides a 24 hour listening service for all children up to the age of 18. The Childline phone service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and it receives thousands of calls every year. These are answered by volunteers and staff who are trained to listen and understand young people. Young people contact the service for a wide range of reasons such as bullying, sexuality, everyday chat and lots of other issues. This service is currently in danger of closing due to funding.
Childline has warned it will have to shut down its night-time service unless it raises more than €1 million over the coming months. Curtailing the service at night would “force 45,000 voices into silence”, the charity claimed.
“We have issued an emergency funding appeal as, for many children, Childline is the only support option available to them,” said Caroline O’Sullivan, the interim chief executive of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC). “ If Childline cannot continue to provide a 24-hour service, some children will be forced into silence. Only the generosity of the Irish public to our appeal can stop this from happening now.”
The charity said its night-time service has grown over the last 15 years to become a vital support to children in distress. It says that in many instances late-night calls are from children who, due to their domestic circumstances, cannot call at other times of the day.
Childline receives 1,800 calls per day with night-time calls accounting for about 11 per cent of all contacts.
Ms O’Sullivan said her greatest concern was for children in abusive situations who account for a significant portion of calls. “These children really need us on a 24/7 basis and thousands of these children will not be heard next year if we cannot raise the funds to keep the night service open,” she said.
Childline has launched a funding appeal through the month of November, seeking donations online, www.savechildline24.ie, or via a €4 text donations which can be made by texting CHILDLINE to 57911.
Saoirse is set to appear on the Late Late Show this Friday (November 14th, 2014)!
Irish actress Saoirse Ronan and comedian Brendan Grace will chat to Ryan Tubridy on this Friday’s Late Late Show.
Also this week The Late Late Show will launch its Toy Show Jumper Competition. A spokesperson for the show explained to RTÉ Ten that they are looking for a member of the public to knit a Christmas jumper for Ryan to wear on the Toy Show.
They said: “As with every year Ryan will wear a festive jumper on The Late Late Toy Show. Usually he buys one but this year he needs the public’s help.
“Their mission should they chose to accept – it is to knit Ryan a Toy Show Jumper! If the jumper committee approves it he’ll wear it on the Toy Show.”
If you would like to enter, send your finished jumper to The Late Late Toy Show Jumper, PO Box 170, Dublin 4. It needs to arrive no later than Friday November 21.
Don’t send anything that you are too attached to as The Late Late Show will not be able to send them back.
Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan has been described as “absolutely extraordinary” in her new role in Brooklyn by the man who penned the book.
The acclaimed actress (20) has finished filming on the movie based on the novel of the same name by award-winning Irish author Colm Toibin.
Co-starring Domhnall Gleeson, it tells the story of a young woman named Eilis who moves from a rural town in Ireland to the bright lights of Brooklyn as she tries to follow her dreams. Once in the US, Eilis is initially homesick, but soon settles down in the city and falls in love with an Italian plumber called Tony, who is played by Emory Cohen.
And having seen the first version of the movie, which saw Nick Hornby writing the screenplay, Toibin was left singing the praises of the Carlow native.
“It’s very, very emotional. It’s the first time I suppose she’s doing a part as a lead actress as an adult on her own and she’s absolutely extraordinary,” he said. “I thought, maybe this is for people who remember emigration but all the young people who came from the publishers and agency in London, they were all in tears of the choice she had to make. Was she going to stay in Ireland or was she going to go back to Brooklyn and the guy, the American actor Emory Cohen plays it as pure charm. He’ll do anything to win her.”
He also said there was wonderful chemistry between her and the ‘Stars Wars’ actor, who’s quickly becoming the toast of Hollywood and plays Saoirse’s love interest in the film.
“Domhnall Gleeson in Ireland plays it the other way around (to Cohen). He is just so sincere, so honest, so decent that he would mean pure stability and he sort of needs her and she can see that every word he says is true. So they’re playing the opposite ways against each other and she has to decide which way to go,” Toibin told Newstalk’s Pat Kenny.
The cast also includes Jim Broadbent as the village priest and Julie Waters as Ronan’s mum with the production shot in locations including Enniscorthy in Wexford and Dublin.
Set in 1950’s Ireland, the shoot then moved on to Montreal in Canada with the movie scheduled for release in early 2015 with Toibin saying the only thing left to do is add the music score to the film.
Author Toibin will shortly publish his eight novel, which is entitled Nora Webster.
Hey guys! I just wanted to let you all know that you can now access our website, Saoirse Ronan Fan, through the domain saoirse-ronan.net. The domain saoirseronanfan.org is still an option, of course. We know you are used to it, so we thought we’d keep it for the time being. Our twitter handle has also changed, and you’ll find us on @saoirseronannet. Our Facebook account remains the same: Facebook.com/SaoirseRonanFan.
You can now visit our site through the URL http://saoirse-ronan.net!
One of the youngest actresses to be nominated for an Oscar, it was clear from the outset that Saoirse Ronan was destined for big things, and that’s before you throw her actor father Paul Ronan into the mix. Earning the election at just 13 for her role in 2007’s Atonement, she went on to star alongside the likes of Susan Sarandon (in 2009’s The Lovely Bones) and Cate Blanchett (2011’s Hanna). Now, at just 20 years old, Ronan already has a reputation for role picking done right.
When we catch her jetlagged and cocooned in blankets on a sofa in her home in Ireland, Ronan is doing what any sensible girl would do: indulging in a 24-hour marathon of Homeland, her latest obsession. We talk through upcoming films Stockholm, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, dream director collaborations and why integrity is paramount.
Wonderland: Talk us through the films you have coming out.
Saoirse Ronan: At the start of the year I did Stockholm, Pennsylvania. It’s a tiny film written and directed by Nikole Beckwith. It was her first time directing and we did it in 19 days, on a million dollar budget. I’d never done anything like that before. It was interesting to see how somebody, especially a new filmmaker, could handle that kind of pressure. After that I had about a week off, before moving onto Brooklyn.
Our gallery has been updated with two images from the photoshoot Saoirse did for Wonderland Magazine. The quality isn’t great, so we’ll replace them as soon as we get better ones. The “Mean Girls” issue, which features Saoirse, Lindsay Lohan, Barbara Palvin and Stacy Martin is out now and you can buy it here.
Saoirse attended the ISPCC Brown Thomas Fashion Show yesterday in Dublin, Ireland. She talked to Louis Walsh about her recent project, Brooklyn, and mentioned she isn’t working on any other film at the moment.
“I’m not doing anything at the moment. I finished ‘Brooklyn’ a couple of months ago. It was amazing and it was probably the toughest job I’ve ever done because it was set in Ireland, because it’s about an Irish girl, because it was the journey that my parents went through and that I’m kind of going through right now.”
Saoirse is Wonderland’s magazine upcoming cover girl! We’ve added an image of the cover to our photo gallery, and we’ll add scans of the issue as soon as we find them.
Our gallery has been updated with screen captures of Saoirse’s cameo in the film “Muppets Most Wanted”.
Our gallery has (finally) been updated with images of Saoirse at the Miu Miu Resort Collection 2015. My apologies for the belated post.