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ISSUE 11

The hero edition

YOUTH 11 - THE HERO EDITION

Comic books, DC, Marvel, blockbusters that send ratings through the roof. Heroes have it all. But, in a world where the average human can’t shoot lasers out of their eyes, or fly around wearing a rad cape, what does a hero actually look like? From saving the world, to saving yourself and everything in between, we caught up with some of the heroes of today. Welcome to the most heroic issue we’ve ever done.

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ANNA MCGRANE

Anna McGrane is a 20 year old photographer who has shot the likes of Ellie Goulding and Prince William. Based in London, she has the ability to capture a person’s essence in both photography and film. Anna deeply cares about people, which is why she is able to capture them in such an intimate way. In her personal life, Anna believes that “film and photography have a power to reach out and connect when nothing else could”. Anna used to live in a place of fear. For a time, she used to not want to be in the world, disconnected, she felt that life was not for her. Anna has since gone into recovery and has an amazing support system of women that have helped her find her place, and have empowered her to create. Here, we talk with Anna about her new series ‘I Am She’, a series that shows the heroes that made her place in the world seem all the more significant.

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SYRIAS VIBES

Syria has Syrias Vibes. Calvin James, a half Dublin / half Donegal cancerian, ex social care worker and house DJ, first visited Syria as a medic in 2016. Realising that not many big NGOs operated inside of Syria, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Together with his brother Andy, they set up Syrias Vibes to help civilians affected by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

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IZZY WHEELS

‘If you can’t stand up, stand out.’ We love this tagline. It encapsulates everything that Izzy Wheels is about. Set up by Ailbhe and Izzy Keane, Izzy Wheels is pushing for wheelchairs to be more than a necessity; to be something every user can be proud of. With loud, colourful designs, each wheelchair is sure to stand out and reflect the personality of the person it belongs to.

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SUNSHINE CINEMA

Cape Town, South Africa, is one of the world’s most aesthetic cities, with near year-round sunshine and a coastline setting fit for Utopia. Black Mirror’s multi award-winning, visually spectacular episode San Junipero was set there, and that’s good enough for us.

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THOMAS BARR

When we were kids we had dreams of being the next David Beckham, running faster than Usain Bolt, giving nothing but net, a haze of gold medals, big trophies and crowds chanting our name... but then along came technology and here we are, lying on the sofa, scrolling through this article.

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