Sophie Louise Butler

Journalist, Fusion Magazine

Location icon Ireland

Freelance journalist based in Limerick, Ireland. Currently a contributor for Fusion Magazine and The Limerick Magazine while also studying New Media and English in University of Limerick.


Fusion Magazine

All Tvvins

From the remains of two successful Irish indie band comes All Tvvins. Conor Adams and Lar Kaye have been popular amongst the Irish music scene since the mid-2000s with their bands The Cast of Cheers and Adebisi Shank.

Little Hours

"I'm standing in a changing room in Topman doing an interview, can you believe that?" is what Little Hours member Ryan McCloskey laughs about. Since the duo formed Little Hours in March 2014 they've been going from strength to strength - from performing live for the very first time at Electric Picnic in 2014, to getting signed to Sony and to supporting huge acts such as Kodaline and James Bay.

The Limerick Magazine

Interview: The Academic

In the last few years there has been an explosion of new and exciting young Irish bands, and The Academic are no exception. The band have performed all over the world and recently released their first ever EP, Loose Friends, which was met by rave reviews by critics.

Arts Profile: Kevin Kiely Jnr

Kevin Kiely Jr. is an actor, performer, production company owner and overall theatre extraordinaire. Originally from Limerick, Kevin moved to England for six and a half years to pursue his career in theatre and performance art, moving back to Limerick in late 2013 to get involved in City of Culture.

Interview: Hermitage Green

It's fair to say that Hermitage Green have definitely been one of the busiest Irish bands over the past two years. From playing Electric Picnic, Indiependence, and touring abroad, they have had a whirlwind of a time, and the band is set to release their first studio album, Save Your Soul", this March.

Author Interview Gerard Fitzgibbon

History books seem to be popping up in bookshops left, right and centre this year with the anniversary of the 1916 Rising quickly approaching. However, this Limerick writer has decided to publish something a little bit different. After studying history in the University of Limerick, Gerard Fitzgibbon has recently released his first ever book.

Media Profile: Brand New Retro

Brand New Retro founder, Brian "Doug" McMahon, has found a way to immortalise the best of Irish pop culture in print media. For the past five years, Brand New Retro has been the online home to thousands of digitised images, adverts and articles from vintage Irish publications dating back to the early 1950's.


Sophie Louise Butler
The Meat at Yulin vs. The Meat on Your Plate

"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian". By now I'm sure you have heard of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, maybe you've even signed the petition. For those of you who haven't, it is an annual dog meat festival in China that is taking place this weekend for the summer solstice.

Sophie Louise Butler
The Real Feminist Issues

In December of last year, Game of Throne's Maisie Williams spoke out about Emma Watson and first-world feminism, "I know things aren't perfect for women in the UK and America but there are women in the rest of the world who have it far worse". In recent years, first-world feminism seems to have become a...

Sophie Louise Butler
The Problems with Lad Culture

For the few of you out there who are luckily unfamiliar with what lad culture is, it is "a group or "pack" mentality expressed in sport and heavy alcohol consumptions, and in "banter" which is "often sexist, misogynistic and homophobic"". Lad culture, or 'bro' culture in the US, is essentially the same as the 'boys...

Sophie Louise Butler
The Importance of Bruce Jenner's Interview

Note: Bruce Jenner said in the interview that although he is transitioning into a woman, he still prefers male pronouns for now. He has not revealed his female name either, he just refers to his female self as "she". So for the rest of this post I will use the name Bruce and male pronouns....

Sophie Louise Butler
Is Skinny-Shaming the Same as Fat-Shaming?

First off, I want to say that I am in no way, shape or form trying to promote any sort of body shaming, nor am I trying to promote any unhealthy lifestyles on either end of the spectrum. Any type of body shaming in unacceptable. I don't think that anyone should be judged on how...

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